The Norwegian Medicines Agency


DNA inspired interior

Project Details
  • Fotograf

    Stine Østby

  • Ferdigstilt

    2016

Project Description

When The Norwegian Medicines Agency was planning to move to a new building in Helsfyr,
they wanted to move away from traditional cubicle offices to an open workspace solution.
IARK assisted them with a furniture plan that facilitates modern work forms by way
of an open office space, and accompanying support functions.


The almost 300 workplaces are situated along the facade to take advantage of daylight.
There are large corridors and glass corners further inside the space, designed to achieve as
much light transmission as possible, as well as good communication across the building.
The design on the glass fronts underline the experience of the agency’s identity in the interior,
with inspiration from the DNA molecular structure.


The Squares are natural meeting places, that offer a different atmosphere than the remaining
spaces. They contribute to achieving the goal of being a more dynamic organization.
Custom made oak slatted walls repeat the molecular structure and add interest to the inviting
and warm Squares.

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The custom made oak slatted walls by the Squares are inspired by DNA molecular structure.

The custom made oak slatted walls by the Squares are inspired by DNA molecular structure.

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The Squares encourage mingling and informal meetings.

The Squares encourage mingling and informal meetings.

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Furniture provides different functions for different tasks.

Furniture provides different functions for different tasks.

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Flexible and airy spaces facilitate effective workflow, collaboration, and communication.

Flexible and airy spaces facilitate effective workflow, collaboration, and communication.

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A small meeting room in the workspace.

A small meeting room in the workspace.

Karoline Grepperud

Karoline Grepperud

Interior architect MNIL

Heide Tjøm

Interior architect MNIL