Education & Workspace
SKANSKA Öresund AB
The city of Malmö is Copenhagen’s rapidly growing Swedish neighbour. The density of the city has increased markedly during the last 20 years and new urban areas are continuously emerging. Dorte Mandrup’s contribution to the new area known as Malmö Live is – besides the initial masterplan – a unique office building, designed to live and let live in dense environments. With a hypersensitivity to the surrounding buildings, the Malmö office is considerate towards its neighbours – always mindful not to steal the daylight. As such, the office building is not only well-mannered, it is also quite beautiful with its intelligent approach too light diffusing. Kind, beautiful and smart!Read more ↓
In close collaboration with the city architect of Malmö, Vandkunsten, and Johan Celsing, Dorte Mandrup conducted a series of volumetric studies and analysis, exploring the possibilities of creating a balance in the area “Malmö LIVE”.
A balance between the Malmö Concert, Conference & Hotel, offices, shops and housing on the site – seeking the best urban spaces and scale relations between all the components of the area.
The new office building designed by Dorte Mandrup is situated in the north-western corner of the area for the masterplan. The site relates to both the big scale of the harbour, the large surrounding streets and the lower neighbouring buildings.
The building is shaped by four volumes in different heights pinned together by large glass openings and culminating in a 9 storey tower creating a distinct identity. The four volumes of the building are gradually down-scaled to display the transition in the masterplan and to create a perfect shape for obtaining the optimal light and viewing conditions while providing the same to the next-door housing block.
During the process, the design focus was on creating a façade with a significant architectural expression as well as numerable, integrated sustainability measures that would meet the highest standards for modern buildings and obtain the LEED Platinum certification.