Oslo-based a-lab have been commissioned to design the new Oslo office for the Norwegian oil company StatoilHydro.
a-lab’s proposal was chosen from 40 different competition entries. The office building will be modern, flexible and environmentally friendly, and it will be ready for occupation in autumn 2012.
The current leases for the StatoilHydro offices at Majorstua and Vækerø, Norway expire in autumn 2012, and the goal has been to find an office solution by that time that will enable all StatoilHydro’s activities in Oslo to be collocated.
The building will be built in a shoreside location beside Telenor’s and Aker Solutions’ offices.
The building’s energy consumption will be low and district heating and district cooling will be used. A park and gardens will also be built around the building.
“The rent and operation and maintenance costs are expected to be lower than our current total costs for the offices we rent in the Oslo region,” says Svein Harald Storli, who is in charge of property and offices in StatoilHydro.
The office building at Fornebu has been given the concept name “five elements”, and it consists of five wings joined together to form a star.
Great emphasis has been placed on architecture and the environment in the planning of the building.
The building is also very flexible with respect to different forms of cooperation, and in relation to the possibilities it offers for increasing or reducing the number of office workstations.
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