Statoil regional and international offices

Statoil regional and international offices

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Fornebu, Bærum, Norway - Build completed in 2012
Elval ColourOffices of Statoil Hydro in Oslo dressed by etalbond®

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Offices of Statoil Hydro in Oslo dressed by etalbond®
Offices of Statoil Hydro in Oslo dressed by etalbond®
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Luis Fonseca

Statoil regional and international offices

A-lab as Architects

The structure has 5 oblong building elements in a set-up inspired by the classic game of Mikado and is stacked side by side and on top of each other, with an airy, sunlit atrium at the center of this stack of giant pick-up sticks. In combination with the exterior mounted solar shading from Vental, the façade forms an extremely energy efficient skin.The building is a bold example of creative use of prefabricated products and individualized standard components which makes a sensible contribution to future-oriented, environmentally friendly expressive architecture.


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After 20 months of construction, the Statoil regional and international offices at Fornebu outside Oslo, Norway is now complete. A-lab received the commission after winning first prize in an open competition in 2008. Statoil is a Norwegian energy producer, the 57th largest company in the world by revenue, with about 30 000 employees in 37 countries. From October 15th, 2500 of these employees will work in the new building - including Statoil’s international department.


The new office building stands on the site of the old airport’s multi-storey car park, most of the site being given over to the development of a new 5 hectare public park. One of the main goals of the Mikado inspired design has been to minimize the footprint of the building in the park, whilst creating a flexible and stimulating workspace- offering views over the fjord from most parts of the building and a spectacular view of the park, artworks and the fjord from the communal atrium space..


The project consists of five similar office modules, each 3 stories high, approx 140 meters long and 23 meters wide. Stacked on top of each other they form a climatized atrium and a multipurpose space on the ground floor. Due to the very short construction period, most of the building, including steel and concrete superstructure, facades and glazed structures, was prefabricated off-site. This lead to a high degree of precision despite the extremely fast on-site production. The steel superstructure enables the different office modules to cantilever up to 30 meters. Northern Europe’s biggest mobile crane was used for the assembly of the steel trusses.


KEY CHALLENGES


Time! A-lab won the commission in March 2009 for the 65 500m2 office building and the 55 000m2 underground parking and technical areas. Demolition of the existing multistorey car park started immediately, whilst the design of the underground works was fast-tracked and started on site in early 2010. All major decisions regarding the foundation and construction of the office building had to be taken before the preliminary design was finished. Whilst perhaps not unusual in today’s construction market, this is extremely unusual for a “signal” building of this nature.


DESIGN CRITERIA


The building matches a list of criteria, the most important being that the building should be flexible, environmentally friendly, and modern and answer to Statoils core values: courageous, open, hands on and caring. The office’s interior is designed to facilitate flexible functions with rooms that can adapt from large meeting centers to multi-person offices. It can also adapt to different forms of cooperation, and it offers possibilities for increasing or reducing the number of office workstations.


ENERGY CONCEPT


General Statoil required that the new office building satisfy energy class B. The building has a calculated energy use of just 103 kWh/m2. This is achieved through several methods, including using heat from the remote centralised heat source, 85% energy recycling and of course a well insulated and airtight skin.


Facades The buildings skin is integral to the building’s energy efficiency. The Façade has low U-values: 0,18 W/m2K for the solid panels (including profiles) and 0,6 W/m2K for the triple-glazed panels (excluding profiles). In combination with the exterior mounted solar shading from Vental this creates an extremely energy efficient skin. Window area is kept to an optimal net 65% glass area, towards the interior, thus ensuring an optimal balance between the daylight levels in the interior and potential solar-gain and the higher U-values associated with glass. G-values in the glazed panels varies within the interval 0,24-0,36, depending on the position in the building. Despite being a prefabricated facade composed of many separate elements the facade is extremely airtight, with a diffusion of (n50): ≤1,0h-1. The facade also allows for a very low normalised cold-bridge value of 0,02 W/m2K.


TECHNICAL FEATURES


White long facades: The external profile that was developed especially for the project is the key to the elegant and seamless facade expression. This complex design and technical device also allows the achievement of the architects goal : no visible fixings in the entire prefabricated facade. This profile includes the track for the external solar shading, in the form of “traditional” blinds, as well as providing fixing for the rain-screen cladding cassettes. These are made of powder coated aluminium sandwich panels folded to create 220mm deep cassettes giving the facades a deep relief and also shedding precipitation effectively. The same prefabricated façade system is used on the interior where the office lamellas overlook the acclimatized atrium. The same construction principles apply to the facade cassettes of the interior with the only difference being that they are finely perforated (Ø5mm, 25 %) in order to deal with the acoustic challenges of the interior atrium space: ensuring a low reverberation time in the atrium, despite the hard flooring.


Black gable ends: The solar shading in the gables was also developed specifically for the project, based on a previous system by Flex Fasader. Each gable facade is composed of 180 4,2m high and 400mm wide laminated glass lamellas which overlap slightly. Each lamella consists of two sheets of 10mm Parsol Grey glass laminated together with a dark laminate core, thus giving a the appearance of solid black. Whilst the solar shading in the long facades is fitted with manual override switches within the office space, the black glass fins in each gable all move together on a pre-programmed pattern angled individually to the orientation of each gable.. The solar shading is surprisingly “invisible” when seen for the office interior, which is fully glazed in the gables.


AWARDS


• A-lab received the World Architecture Festival Award in 2009, competing with 272 projects from 67 different countries within the category “Future Commercial Project of the Year”. • Winner of World Architecture Festival (WAN) Award 2012, for best office building (“Commercial Sector”). Jury complements user flexibility, iconic legibility and intelligent placement and distribution of the volumes on the site. • Nominated for the international MIPIM Awards 2013, (for best office building) • Nominated for the Norwegian CITY-award 2013

Offices of Statoil Hydro in Oslo dressed by etalbond®

Elval Colour as Manufacturers

Elval Colour’s etalbond® Aluminium Composite Material (ACM) was used to achieve the intensive “perforated” façade view of the building. 20.000 sq m of coated etalbond® PE, in the special Acropolis white coating, were used in the facades of 5 main cubes, enhancing the dynamic result of the initial concept. etalbond® Composite material is ideal for easy cutting, curving and routing and can take formations and shapes not possible with traditional building materials. The same construction principles apply to the etalbond® facade cassettes of the interior with the only difference being that they are finely perforated (Ø5mm, 25 %) in order to deal with the acoustic challenges of the interior atrium space.


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Elval Colour’s etalbond® Aluminium Composite Material (ACM) was used to achieve the intensive “perforated” façade view of the award winning Statoil Hydro offices in Oslo, Norway.


The building is the new offices of the Norwegian Oil Company Statoil Hydro which was decided to build at Fornebu.


Designed by A-lab’s, an Oslo major architectural office, the project was completed at the end of 2012 and was nominated by the world architectural festival (WAF) awards on the category of “future projects-commercial.” The building matches a list of criteria, with the most important of all the flexibility and the environment-friendly character. The building’s skin is integral to the building’s energy efficiency.


20.000sqm of coated etalbond® PE, in the special Acropolis white coating, were used in the facades of 5 main cubes, located in different axes, enhancing the dynamic result of the initial concept. The views of the building are characterized by the unequal fenestration openings, giving the idea of “perforated walls”. In this important architectural handling the material boosts the total effect of the project. etalbond® Composite material is ideal for easy cutting, curving and routing and can take formations and shapes not possible with traditional building materials. The flatness of the sheets and the top quality of colour incorporate the building’s design to the environment and strength the architectural concept.


The panels of the facades are prefabricated, folded to create 220mm deep cassettes giving the façade a deep stress relief and also shedding vapor precipitation effectively. The same prefabricated facade system is used on the interior where the offices overlook the atrium. The same construction principles apply to the etalbond® facade cassettes of the interior with the only difference being that they are finely perforated (Ø5mm, 25 %) in order to deal with the acoustic challenges of the interior atrium space: ensuring a low reverberation time in the atrium, despite the hard flooring.

Statoil ASA

SCHÜCO as Manufacturers

The Flex Fasader AB developed a special construction along with Schüco. On all three storeys, the white longitudinal façades allude to the respective construction. A façade cassette with a depth of 250 mm was developed that incorporates all of the technical aspects, including solar shading louvers.A black glass façade extending over all three floors, which was also developed by Flex Fasader AB in cooperation with Schüco, contrasts with the white longitudinal façades.


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An office building par excellence – a state-of-the-art design, maximum prefabrication, gigantic steel constructions, an extremely short construction period, an enormous media presence, and loads of praise. In just 20 months, a sensational architectural landmark was built in Fornebu near Oslo. Already in the planning phase, laurels were heaped on the new regional office of the Norwegian energy producers Statoil ASA. Even before the architectural office a-lab began construction, the office building was marketed as a new “icon building” of the future.


The new building of the regional office of Statoil ASA, which was completed only recently, impresses with its future-oriented design, flexible structure, and environmentally friendly energy concept. The new building is embedded in a landscape park on the area of the former multistory carpark of the Fornebu airport. The airport closed in 1998, and since then the IT Fornebu Properties AS real-estate company has converted the existing terminal buildings into office buildings. The a-lab design prevailed in a competition. One of the most important goals of the design, which was inspired by the seemingly random bundling of sticks in the game of mikado, was to minimise the footprint of the building in the park. Another objective was to create a flexible work environment, with all of the offices commanding a view of the surrounding fjords. The new building, which offers office workspaces for around 2,300 employees, is also intended to illustrate the corporate values of Statoil ASA. All of this is reflected by a-lab’s open architecture, which is oriented to all sides and inviting.


The building consists of five beams stacked on top of one other that are arranged on three levels and turned against one another. The beams make contact with each other at only four points; the stairway and elevator cores were arranged at the overlapping areas. Forming the center of the building is a climatised, six-story atrium housing common areas. The beams are each 12.5 m, or three stories, high, about 140 m long, and 23 m wide. The steel constructions enable enormous overhangs of up to 30 meters.


Gigantic steel construction and maximum prefabrication


The short construction period posed a special challenge. In March 2009, a-lab was commissioned to plan the 65,500 m2 c omplex a s well a s a 52,400 m2 subterranean garage. After the existing parking garage was torn down, the construction work for the basement was begun at the beginning of 2010, while the design development was still in full swing. To keep to the tight construction schedule, the largest part of the building, including the steel and concrete constructions and the façade units, were prefabricated and assembled right at the location. This guaranteed a higher degree of precision and accelerated the processes. The 140 m-long steel constructions were delivered in 100-tons units by truck from Finland and welded together at the site Europe’s largest mobile crane was used to position and stack the different elements.


Special façade constructions


While the steel constructions of the upper beams were being placed, the company Flex Fasader AB attached to the lower beams the prefabricated façade units that the façade construction company developed as a special construction along with Schüco. 80 mm wide profiles give the façade modules stability and enable element dimensions of 3 m wide by 4.7 m high. On all three storeys, the white longitudinal façades allude to the respective construction below and from afar appear to be resolved in individual pixels. It was important to the architects that every side of the façade appears to be a uniform and seamless surface that is not visibly interrupted by technical necessities. For this purpose, a façade cassette with a depth of 250 mm was developed that incorporates all of the technical aspects, including solar shading louvres. Due to their depth, the façade units comprised of powder-coated aluminum sandwich panels give the façade a relief character and additional natural solar shading. The closed façade surfaces reach a U-value of 0.18 W/m2K, and the glazed surfaces a U-value of 0.6 W/m2K. According to the architect, a ratio of 65% glass surfaces to 35% closed façade panels would strike an optimum balance between daylight and heat from solar radiation. The prototype of the façade construction was examined in advance at the Schüco Technology Center regarding the requirements for water- and air-tightness. The short ends of the beams are reminiscent of show windows or peep boxes. A black glass façade extending over all three floors, which was also developed by Flex Fasader AB in cooperation with Schüco, contrasts with the white longitudinal façades. Each gabled façade consists of 180 glass louvres. These are held by special profiles on the ground and the upper side; the fittings are standard elements of the Schüco system ALB. The Flex Fasader company arranged the glass louvres so that they overlap slightly, giving the glass façade a regular structure. The glass elements themselves consist of black-colored double glazing with a dark core, creating a deep black impression when seen from the outside. Additional solar shading is not necessary thanks to the arrangement of the panes. The 4.2-meter-high louvres are connected with a driving rod and moved by means of a linear drive. The latter are arranged at a different angle depending on the direction they face, following the position of the sun based on a pre-programmed pattern. This solar shading is not visible from inside the building despite the room-high glazing. The G-values of the all-glass panels lie between 0.24 and 0.36 W/m2K, depending on the direction they face. A total energy consumption of 103 kWh/m2a was calculated for the building. The energy concept is based on different components, including the use of district heating, about 85 % energy recycling, and of course the highly insulated façade systems.


The building is a bold example of creative use of prefabricated products and individualized standard components which makes a sensible contribution to future-oriented, expressive architecture that is anything but standard.

StatoilHydro

WOODlife Flooring as Manufacturers

Woodlife Flooring specified flooring, stair steps and cladding. European Oak was used with transparent white hardwax oiled finish.


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StatoilHydro Oslo, Norway


Situated within a new landscape plan the building will be part of a large park with a stunning view towards the Oslo fjord.


The design of the building reflects StatoilHydro as an international and dynamic company. The building matches a list of criteria, the most important being that the building should be flexible, environmentally friendly, and modern. The 65,000 m2 building consists of 5 equal 3-storey cantilevering lamellas stacked on top of each other inspired by the game Mikado (or “pick-up-stick”9, keeping particular offices regionalized while still attached. These lamellas form a six-storey common atrium space with meeting-center and restaurants in the middle.


WOODlife Flooring specified flooring, stair steps and cladding Wood species: European oak Finish: transparant white hardwax oiled Grade: nature/ select Dimension floorboards and cladding: 21 x 250 mm Lengths: 2000 - 3000 mm

Mega Office Complex

Mero TSK (DE) as Manufacturers

The three dimensional glazed roof structures derive their form from a hypar, which are the architectural highlights of the complex. The MERO® block node system was used and it enhances the impression of airiness and transparency which strongly marks the glazed roofs. For the two partially cable-braced glazed roofs, about 900 glass panels had to be individually fabricated in different geometrical shapes while the façade cladding consists of up to 60 mm thick triple-glazed panels in the shapes of triangles and diamonds.


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In Fornebu, a suburban area west of Oslo, Statoil, the Norwegian oil company, built the spectacular and top-modern office complex called ‚The Five Elements‘. On a total floor space of approximately 66,000 sqm, about 2,500 employees will work in very comfortable and energy efficient surroundings.


5 oblong building elements, in a set-up inspired by the classic game of Mikado, are stacked side by side and on top of each other, with an airy, sunlit atrium at the center of this stack of giant pick-up sticks. Each of the elements is 140 long, with a height of 12.5 m respectively 3 storeys.


Each of the two glazed facades connects three parts of the building, whereas each of the two roofs is situated between four building elements.


For the two partially cable-braced glazed roofs, about 900 glass panels had to be individually fabricated in different geometrical shapes. Each of the up to 35 mm thick panels of insulated glazing is therefore unique. The cladding of the facades consists of up to 60 mm thick triple-glazed panels in the shapes of triangles and diamonds stood on end.


The threedimensional glazed roof structures – deriving their form from a hypar – are the architectural highlights of the complex. The MERO® block node system used in realizing them, selected from the range of options offered by the MERO-PLUS® construction systems, enhances the impression of airyness and transparency which strongly marks the glazed roofs.


From the early stages of planning, environmental compatibility and sustainability were special concerns. The building complex was provided with energy-safing solutions for ventilation and heating. And the use of ecologically sound building materials ensures a pleasant and healthy atmospheric environment for the office staff.

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