Volumetric Intersections: Statoil Regional and International Offices by A-Lab

WAF – Winner in the spotlight

The Statoil Regional and International Offices by A-lab architects won the Building Office Award at the World Architecture Festival in Singapore last year. This large office complex is an iconic, efficient and sustainable building that sits gracefully in the midst of the breathtaking Norwegian landscape.

Statoil Regional and International Offices by A-Lab

©Luis Fonseca

Statoil Regional and International Offices by A-Lab

©Luis Fonseca

 Statoil, a leading Norwegian Energy producer, wanted to create a unique landmark in the area that would reflect its status as an innovative and internationally pioneering petroleum company as well as giving a new identity and pulse to the local environment. (info on: drill pipe protectors Located in the city of Fornebu outside Oslo, the area is also of great interest since it was the previous site for Oslo’s main airport and is currently undergoing a radical transformation into an urban area, with commercial and residential buildings and public recreation areas.

Statoil Regional and International Offices by A-Lab

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Exterior

The building’s design minimizes its footprint in the park, whilst it creates a flexible and energizing workspace and offers stunning views over the fjords and the surrounding park. Due to the very short construction period (20 months in total) most of the building, including steel and concrete superstructure, facades and glazed structures, was prefabricated off-site. The steel superstructure enables the different office modules to cantilever up to 30 meters. The building is made by five overlapping aluminum clad volumes which are stacked on top of each other, pointing towards different directions.

Statoil Regional and International Offices by A-Lab

©Luis Fonseca

Statoil Regional and International Offices by A-Lab

©Luis Fonseca

Statoil Regional and International Offices by A-Lab

©Luis Fonseca

With each module being 3 stories high, approximately 140 meters long and 23 meters wide and housing 2500 employees, the Statoil Office complex could be best described as a striking horizontal skyscraper.  Its horizontal versus vertical extension also minimizes the environmental footprint of the building while substantially increasing the surrounding public park space. The façade consists of about 1600 prefabricated elements with integrated windows, insulation and solar-shading, a highly energy efficient solution with no visible fixings in the entire facade. Dramatic yet strictly symmetrical, the white long facades indicate homogeneousness and strongly assimilate the building into its surrounding environment.

Statoil Regional and International Offices by A-Lab

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Interior

The intersecting volumes form a “propeller-shaped” glass roofed atrium – the first of its kind in Scandinavia.  This large communal central area also serves as the entrance to each of the modular blocks as well as a multipurpose space that it is overlooked by several balcony corridors from the upper floors.  The interior spaces of the Statoil offices feature incredible views of the surrounding territory and the Oslo fjords whilst the internal space organization allows the highest amount of sunlight to penetrate the building.

Statoil Regional and International Offices by A-Lab

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Statoil Regional and International Offices by A-Lab

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Internal space flexibility is a fundamental design quality found in this building, where rooms can adapt from large meeting areas to multi-person offices.  Along with the warm oak interior and cool aluminum which reflects the soft northern light, this office complex is a reflection of contemporary, sensible and efficient design manifesting the core values of Scandinavian design culture.

All in all this is a dynamic, innovative and energy conscious building that aspires to reintroduce the way large offices are envisioned and constructed.

Statoil Regional and International Offices by A-Lab

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Statoil Regional and International Offices by A-Lab

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WAF category winners 

Completed Building House category – The Left-Over-Space House (Australia), Cox Rayner Architects, Casey and Rebekah Vallance
Completed Building Housing category – 28th Street Apartments (USA), Koning Eizenberg Architecture
Completed Building Office category – Statoil Regional and International offices (Norway) A-Lab
Completed Building Higher Education and research category – University of Exeter: Forum Project (UK), Wilkinson Eyre Architects
Completed Building Display category – The Blue Planet (Denmark), 3XN
Completed Building Religion category – Sancaklar Mosque (Turkey), EAA – Emre Arolat Architects
Completed Building Schools category – Fontys Sports College (Netherlands) Mecanoo International
Completed Building Shopping category – Emporia (Sweden), Wingardh Arkitektkontor
Future Projects Health category – New Sulaibikhat Medical Center (Kuwait) AGi Architects
Future Projects House category – Meditation House (Lebanon), MZ Architects
Future Projects Commercial Mixed Use category – New Office in Central London (UK), Allford Hall Monaghan Morris
Future Projects Office category – Selcuk Ecza Headquarters (Turkey), Tabanlioglu Architects
Future Projects Leisure-Led Development category – Singapore Sports Hub (Singapore), Singapore Sports Hub Design Team (Arup Associates + DP Architects + AECOM)
Future Projects Masterplanning category – Earls Court Masterplan (UK) Farrells
Future Projects Infrastructure category – Brisbane Ferry Terminals Post-Flood Recovery (Australia), Cox Rayner Architects

Civic and Community – Women’s Opportunity Centre (Rwanda), Sharon Davis Design
Villa – Namly House (Singapore), CHANG Architects
Health – Rush University Medical Center New Hospital Tower (Chicago), Perkins+Will
Production/Energy/Recycling – A Simple Factory Building (Singapore), Pencil Office
Hotel/Leisure – Citizen M London Bankside (UK), Concrete
Sport – Splashpoint Leisure Centre (UK), Wilkinson Eyre Architects
New and Old – Conversion of the Palais Rasumofsky (Austria), Baar-Baarenfels Architekten
Transport – Sydney Cruise Terminal (Australia), Johnson Pilton Walker Architects
Culture – Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tamaki (New Zealand), FJMT + Archimedia
Future Projects Education – The Urban School In Elsinore (Denmark), EFFEKT, Rubow
Future Projects Competition entries – National Maritime Museum of China (China), Cox Rayner Architects
Future Projects Residential – Siamese Blossom (Thailand), Somdoon Architects Ltd
Future Projects Experimental – White Collar Factory (UK), Allford Hall Monaghan Morris

World Building of the Year – Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tamaki (New Zealand), FJMT + Archimedia
Future Project of the Year – National Maritime Museum of China (China), Cox Architecture
Student Competition Winners – ‘Village in a Box’, University of San Carlos in Cebu City, Philippines
Landscape category winners – The Australian Garden, Australia, by Taylor Cullity Lethlean + Paul Thompson

For further information please visit the World Architecture Festival

Words: Ivi Vassilopoulou


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