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Merkurhuset Offices in Gothenburg

6 October 2023

Architecture: Olsson Lyckefors Arkitektur

Location: Gothenburg, Sweden

 Merkurhuset Offices
Image Credit: Mikael Olsson

Image Credit: Mikael Olsson and Erik Lefvander

Merkurhuset Offices in Gothenburg, Sweden

The design of Merkurhuset was largely influenced by the conditions of the zoning plan, as well as the irregular shape and limited area of the plot. As a result of the maximum allowed building height, the outer wall of the top floor was angled, resembling a studio window. By allowing the intermediate pillars to rise through the glass, the building obtained its signature look.

 Merkurhuset Offices
Image Credit: Mikael Olsson

Taking inspiration from SOM’s classic Inland Steel Building in Chicago, which was constructed in 1958, Merkurhuset adopted a similar approach. The vertical systems of the building were separated from the horizontal floor plans, forming a separate building volume. This design strategy created open and rational office plans without the need for shafts or pillars. The exterior of the building was defined by the frame, elevators, and stairwells.

 Merkurhuset Offices
Image Credit: Mikael Olsson

In Merkurhuset, the stairwell and elevator shaft were strategically placed at each end of the building, maximizing the open office plans. The vertical structures took the shape of masonry cylinders built with Danish Flensburg brick, paying homage to the nearby Rosenlundsverket heating plant and the rounded bay windows of the old Merkurhuset. These sculptural elements allowed for the optimal utilization of the plot.

 Merkurhuset Offices
Image Credit: Mikael Olsson

The interior design of Merkurhuset was developed in close collaboration with the tenant, advertising agency Forsman & Bodenfors, and drew inspiration from the aesthetics of industrial buildings. Clean materials and visual simplicity were key elements. The design aimed to emphasize the character of the built materials while minimizing additional surface layers, resulting in an “outside, inside” concept.

 Merkurhuset Offices
Image Credit: Erik Lefvander

The furniture concept for Merkurhuset took cues from Donald Judd’s ascetic design, utilizing geometric wooden structures as seating and tables. Beech wood was consistently chosen for furniture, fixed furnishings, and interior parts. This material, often underrated, showcased both its robustness and beauty, making a statement in the interior design.

 Merkurhuset Offices
Image Credit: Erik Lefvander

The project was awarded the Kasper Salin Prize of 2022, the oldest and most prestigious architecture prize in Sweden.

Merkurhuset Offices – Building Information

Project name: Merkurhuset
Client: Platzer / Bygg-Göta / Forsman & Bodenfors
Location: Gothenburg, Sweden
Type: Office building
Size: 8000 sqm
Status: Completed
Architect: Bornstein Lyckefors now Olsson Lyckefors Arkitektur
Team: Partners:
Per Bornstein (partner in charge), Johan Olsson, Andreas Lyckefors

 Merkurhuset Offices
Image Credit: Erik Lefvander

Team Architects:
Fabian Sahlqvist, Viktor Stansvik, Johanna Engloo, Johan Häggqvist, Ergin Can, Rebecca Wallin, Viktor Fagrell, Ainhoa Etxeberria, Karin Pallarp, Marina Pettersson, Joel Gödecke, Edvard Nyman, Ola Sjöberg, David Svahn

Merkurhuset Offices
Image Credit: Erik Lefvander

Photo: Mikael Olsson and Erik Lefvander
Awards: The Kasper Salin Prize (Kasper Salin Priset, The Swedish Architects prize for best Architecture)
Nominated for Mies van der Rohe Award
Longlisted Dezeen Awards 2023

Merkurhuset Offices in Gothenburg images / information received 061023

Location: Gothenburg, Sweden, north east Europe

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