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MVRDV completes central building of DNB Bank headquarters in Norway

16 Dec 2012 (Last Updated December 16th, 2012 18:30)

Dutch architecture firm MVRDV has completed the central building of DNB Bank's new headquarters in Oslo, Norway.

Dutch architecture firm MVRDV has completed the central building of DNB Bank’s new headquarters in Oslo, Norway.

The bank’s headquarters is situated within the waterfront development of Bjorvika Barcode that MVRDV masterplanned in collaboration with two Norway-based architecture firms A-lab and Dark Arkitekter.

Developed by Oslo S Utvikling, the 17-storey main building incorporates surface area of 36,500m².

The building features a main entrance lobby, a transparent trading floor, a sheltered public passage, and collective terraces overlooking the fjord to the south.

It also features a canteen on the top floor with capacity for 140 people, an executive lounge with a view over the fjord, a boardroom and DNB’s trading room with 250 work stations.

Collective spaces are linked by a continuous internal route of collective terraces, which are designed as glass pixels.

Sustainable features of the building include an internal passage cutaway, which will provide natural daylighting, while natural ventilation keeps the interior cool in the summer and high performance glass minimises heat loss through the winter.

Project architect Jeroen Zuidgeest told architecture magazine Dezeen, "We started with a massive slab and by removing pixels one by one we were able to create an arcade, terraces, a public passage etcetera."

"By carving out volumes, we made sure every floor has access to interior and exterior terraces," Zuidgeest said.

MVRDV’s building is first of three structures that will form the DNB cluster, with the other two buildings designed by A-lab and Dark Arkitekter expected to be completed by May 2013.