Dronning Mauds gate 3


Innovation and progress comes from within

Project Details
  • Year of completion

    2013

  • Square meters

    500

  • Workspaces

    40

  • Photographer

    Ilja C. Hendel

Project Description

When we outgrew our old office building at Aker Brygge, IARK moved into new more centrally situated premises in Dronning Mauds gate 3.

The main business core of IARK is planning and facilitating offices sustainable for the future, therefore it was quite natural for us to use the relocation into our new offices as a kind of test laboratory for various work functions, new interaction and work procedures regarding the activities we conduct and involve ourselves in on a daily basis. Not limiting our competence, experience and skills to just our clients alone, enabled us to learn more and benefit from the results in exactly the same manner as they normally do.

As a consequence of using our work place for professional and organizational trials, we also chose to practice free seating and clean desks, allowing us more variation and freedom to move around in terms of planning and executing our daily tasks and activities.

We share our new premises with the consulting firm Lent, whose varying presence and occasional course/teaching activities bode well from this flexible solution. 

Now that we are starting to settle in, we find that the office absolutely lives up to our expectations, conveying an air of flexibility and innovation, just like ourselves. 

1 Dm3

Strategically located meeting Room

Courses and presentations are arranged in the large meeting room, strategically located at the entrance, and with sliding doors that can be pulled open towards the luncheon area. This location is ideal for avoiding activities that may potentially spill into the workspace areas and cause disruption. 

Strategically located meeting Room

Courses and presentations are arranged in the large meeting room, strategically located at the entrance, and with sliding doors that can be pulled open towards the luncheon area. This location is ideal for avoiding activities that may potentially spill into the workspace areas and cause disruption. 

© Ilja C. Hendel

2 Dm3

Acoustic Walls

The work takes place in an open office space area. To maintain good acoustics, the ceiling was lowered and noise insulation installed into the walls. Acoustic walls are also well suited for the hanging of pictures or any kind of information etc.

Acoustic Walls

The work takes place in an open office space area. To maintain good acoustics, the ceiling was lowered and noise insulation installed into the walls. Acoustic walls are also well suited for the hanging of pictures or any kind of information etc.

© Ilja C. Hendel

3 Dm3

Padded Booth

In the above photo is a padded booth. This is a room with three soft fabricated walls; it’s used for informal conversations, brainstorming and other collaborative tasks. The booth opens out towards one of a series of windows, leading any disruptive noise away from the work areas.

Padded Booth

In the above photo is a padded booth. This is a room with three soft fabricated walls; it’s used for informal conversations, brainstorming and other collaborative tasks. The booth opens out towards one of a series of windows, leading any disruptive noise away from the work areas.

© Ilja C. Hendel

4 Dm3

The Pedestrian Zone

The most striking characteristic trait of the office is the multi-coloured striped rug extending from the entrance and throughout the entire premises. It marks the pedestrian zone and helps to mute the sound of any potentially disturbing footsteps.

The Pedestrian Zone

The most striking characteristic trait of the office is the multi-coloured striped rug extending from the entrance and throughout the entire premises. It marks the pedestrian zone and helps to mute the sound of any potentially disturbing footsteps.

© Ilja C. Hendel

“Practicing free seating and clearn desk arrangements has been a very successful decision; now it’s always tidy and more organized in the office, on my desk and in my head as well“ 

Irene Birkeland, interior architect, IARK

5 Dm3

Numerous Meeting Points

Discussion at one of several meeting points within the premises.

Numerous Meeting Points

Discussion at one of several meeting points within the premises.

© Ilja C. Hendel

6 Dm3

Open plan with noise dampening

The pedestrian zone with multi-coloured noise dampening carpet. Sound protective walls contribute to a pleasant atmosphere without unwanted disruptive interference.

Open plan with noise dampening

The pedestrian zone with multi-coloured noise dampening carpet. Sound protective walls contribute to a pleasant atmosphere without unwanted disruptive interference.

© Ilja C. Hendel

“We often hear our guests comment on how welcoming and pleasant it is here. IARK have designed a workspace where professionalism and creativity come together in a comfortable manner”

Oddne Dahle Lægreid, Partner, Lent

7 Dm3

Clean desk and free seating

Free seating and clean desks create variation and an easygoing, favourable atmosphere for collaborative tasks.

Clean desk and free seating

Free seating and clean desks create variation and an easygoing, favourable atmosphere for collaborative tasks.

© Ilja C. Hendel

Heidi Tolo

Heidi Tolo

Interior architect MNIL, partner

Pernille Akselsen

Pernille Akselsen

Interior architect MNIL