Akerselva Atrium, Norway, Oslo Building, NBBJ Architects, Picture, Project, Competition, Design
Akerselva Atrium Oslo : Building
Mixed-Use Development in Norway – design by NBBJ Architects
28 Apr 2010
Akerselva Atrium Oslo
The NBBJ-designed Akerselva Atrium is a new 17,600 SM mixed-use project in the Akerselva neighborhood in downtown Oslo—a mere five-minute walk to the city’s opera, central train station and harbor. Surrounded by historical industrial, office and apartment buildings, it is among the first contemporary and innovative designs introduced to the area in recent years.
As a site-specific project, the design anchors to the area’s existing architectural aesthetic, while the use of juxtaposed facades, materials and colors, enlivens the neighborhood with a new modern identity. The design also ties to the riverfront whenever possible:
– The all-metal curtain wall melds with the area’s predominantly metal and masonry buildings; its white-and-blue punched windows bring a modern interplay of color and shape.
– The west-facing all high-performance glass facade tilts 90 degrees to seemingly float above the river, providing staff with not only a panoramic views but a unique sensation of suspension above water.
– The inward-leaning atrium serves as the project’s primary entrance and is clearly marked by a dramatic 10-story leaning atrium comprised entirely of orange glass.
– The atrium defines a diagonal circulation path through the project, splitting it in two.
– At street level, a wide staircase offers the area’s only public access point to the riverside
The top floors are occupied by NHST, the primary tenant and owner of Dagens Næringsliv, one of Norway’s top newspapers. The lower floors are occupied by Oslo Kommune/Oslo County and Eiendoms-og Byfornyelsesetaten/Property and City Renewal Department.
Akerselva Atrium – Building Information
NBBJ (Design Architect)
Peter Pran, Design Principal in charge
Jonathan Ward, Principal,
Martin Reeves, Project Designer and Manager in charge
Stuart Rudd, Technical Coordinator
Phu Duong, Associate and Project Designer
Cliff Green, Architect
Nick Worth, Assistant Architect
Ivan Equihua, Project Designer
Rachel Lin, Designer
Pran Arkitekter, Architects, Oslo
Odd Sigvart Pran, Principal in charge
Elizabeth Pran, Principal
Poulsson/Pran Architects, Oslo (formerly Bambus)
Marcus Pran, Principal in charge
Andreas Poulsson, Principal
Jonas Sobstad, Senior Architect
Inger Anita Reigstad, Interior Architect
Jurg Frei, Senior Architect for Bambus (now Poulsson/Pran)
Erling Magnus Hjerman, Senior Architect
Zinc (design for NHST/DN for Akerselva Atrium; floors 4 to 10, lobby, 1st fl+Cafetria)
Elisabeth Tromborg, Interior Architect MNIL in charge
Camilla Songe-Moller, Interior Architect MNIL
Mellbye Architects/Interiors: For EBY at 2 to 4 fl
NCC Property Development, Oslo
Mona Ingebrigtsen, Adm. Dir.
Stein Haugbro, Adm. Dir.
Thomas Tenden, Director
Rolf Thorsen, Adm. Dir.
Construction: NCC Construction
Owner: Vital Company
NHST with Dagens Næringsliv (one of the main newspapers in Norway)
Eiendoms- and Byfornyelsesetaten (Property and City Renewal Department)
Advisors/Technical advisors: Opak – RIB, RIG, RIBR: Rambøll – Ria: BS Akustikk
Technical coordinator: Norconsult
Akerselva Atrium Oslo images / information from NBBJ Architects
Location: Akerselva, Oslo, Norway
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