Architectural firm Tengbom recently designed the interiors of Swedish power company Vattenfall’s new head office in the Arena City (Arenastaden) neighbourhood of Solna just north of Stockholm. Located in one of Sweden’s most energy efficient office buildings, the new premises gathers all 2,000+ Stockholm-based employees, previously based at three different locations, under one roof.
“Vattenfall’s vision was for the building to act as a campus that promotes natural interactions and enables cross-generational skill transfers.” says Tengbom. The new office consists of four buildings linked by a connecting atrium. The colour scheme of the project is based on the four elements, earth, fire, wind and water, which are expressed in the office spaces of the four different buildings.
Tengbom connected these four elements to Vattenfall’s main areas of business, natural resources and the different types of energy sources under the Vattenfall umbrella. The fifth element, ether, represents communication and meetings.
“Vattenfall had very specific requirements for the desks. They did not want to settle for the traditional rows of desks with clusters of four. They wanted their new offices to be more alive and organic. The work stations have therefore been designed by Tengbom and are specially developed for Vattenfall, manufactured by Ragnars.”
The new office also offers an in-house wellness centre with sports hall, gym, spinning bikes and a full time chiropractor. The building has also been awarded the Green Building Award in Sweden and in the EU.