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    • 19 January 2018

      A Majestic Facade Inspired by Icebergs

      For the new Nordea HQ, we developed a unique facade design in collaboration with Scheldebouw and MT Højgaard.

    • The facade is of crucial importance to a building’s energy consumption, economy, indoor climate, and identity. The facade concept for Nordea Bank’s new headquarters combines the best design, climate, and energy advantages. The façade contributes to ensuring efficient operating economy, lower energy cost savings and better acoustics and indoor climate. The lifespan of the facade is also prolonged and the maintenance costs are lowered compared to traditional facades.

      One of the greatest challenges in relation to the design of Nordea’s extensive glass facade has been to keep the sun out to avoid excessive heat or uncomfortable reflections of light. The new headquarter is located in Ørestad in Copenhagen, an area with rough winds, which makes it difficult to place sunscreens on the exterior of the building. The solution has been to design a two-layered window concept that is characterized by a relatively large space between the inner and outer glass panels, where the sensor controlled sunscreens have been installed. The glass used for the glass elements is premium quality with a low level of iron, ensuring a natural representation of daylight inside. This is especially important in an office building where employees spend so much of their time.

      Nordic influence

      The inspiration for the facade of the new building originates from the Nordic nature and the structure of icebergs. This is visible in the facade’s fragmented and angled glass surface. Being Nordic is part of the Nordea identity and the facade symbolizes this.

      The facade is designed as a unitized system. The elements were produced and quality tested in the Netherlands and transported to the construction site. By using facade elements, the installation of the facade was simplified and the process shortened. The 1,460 facade elements were installed in 58 days.

      We have designed the building and developed the innovative façade together with Scheldebouw from the Netherlands and MT Højgaard. The building has achieved LEED Platinum certification.