When the Aller group wanted to bring together the editing teams for its many magazines at a common headquarters in Havneholmen in 2009, there were grand ideas on the drawing board. The result was an impressive edifice which, with the harbour as a beautiful backdrop, is reminiscent of a majestic ship surging forth into the future.
Most steel structures in the building were custom-made for the purpose, and elements that are normally hidden have been used to make a distinctive contribution to the visual expression.
Under the glass roof of the atrium, the large wedge-shaped box girders in the roof structure make a striking impression, and the steel walkways for the various floors criss-cross the open atrium in the centre of the building.
While construction was underway, the space on site was very limited. All deliveries of materials therefore had to be made according to the ‘just in time’ principle, as there was nowhere to store materials. This placed great demands on production and logistics.
The 18,000 m2 are spread over 8 floors and a 10,000 m2 basement. The combination of steel and glass creates a beautiful visual harmony with the quay, and embodies Nordic references to the northern lights, driven snow, cliffs and water.
CSK was involved in the project for more than two years, and through dialogue with and advice to the architects and developer, we helped make the impossible possible.