- light, air and water
Light, air and water. This is what surrounds you when you stand in the great atrium in Nokia’s Copenhagen office at Frederikskajen.
Location: Copenhagen, Denmark
Construction years: 1996—97
Architect: Hvidt og Mölgaard A/S Arkitektfirma, Hans Kristensen, Peter Holsøe, Henrik Hvidt
Acoustic ceiling: Ecophon Focus D, Focus F and Hygiene Performance
One of Nokia’s requirements was that the office should stimulate openness and a sense of community among employees. Another was that it should give a sense of dynamism and energy, something that is perfectly in tune with Nokia’s role as one of the world’s most dynamic companies.
The new head office comprises two buildings that are home to two companies within the Nokia group: Nokia Mobile Phones A/S and Nokia Telecommunications A/S. The two buildings are connected by a corridor that provides access to shared meeting rooms, an auditorium and a restaurant.
The architectural profile is sharp and stylistically pure. The materials are plain concrete panels, glass, aluminium panels and steel. Proximity to the water played a significant role in the design of the interior. Large, open rooms are reached via an airy central hall with light balconies. The interior is dominated by pale colours. Danish furniture completes the building’s Nordic tone.
The office rooms are different sizes. The development departments sit in spacious, open office rooms alongside the harbour. Production areas and workshops face the land side. There are also some small cellular offices.
Nokia Mobile Phones’ building is in the form of a great T, with the entrance where the two lines meet. Main reception is in a large semi-circular area that rises up through all four levels of the building. From here you have a view over the whole building and over the water that lies only a few metres away from the northern façade.
Flexibility and openness
Flexibility and openness are the key words in Nokia’s development work, and the building is constructed along these guidelines. One example is the various levels that have had the necessary technical installations installed, but without being divided up into different units. This creates flexibility and the conditions for dynamic working practices.
At the top of the Nokia Mobile Phones building is a top floor of 350 square metres. The top floor is designed for informal business dealings. Here there is a sauna, open fire, kitchen, bar and a roof terrace with a magnificent view over the port of Copenhagen.
With its 3,200 square metres, the sister company Nokia Telecommunications’ building, to the east of Nokia Mobile Phones, is the smaller of the two four-storey buildings. It has mainly individual offices, but also a large central area.
This industry is developing at a rapid pace. Nokia is already planning a new 7,000 square metre building next to the Telecommunications building.