Among the finalists for Office Building of the Year
AG Group's head office in Odense, designed by C.F. Møller Architects, is among the finalists for the Office Building of the Year. A DGNB Gold certified project, transforming old industrial buildings into a dynamic office environment.
All submissions are assessed by a jury of independent experts, who have selected the AG Group Head Office on the site Paper Factory Dalum along with four other finalists. Now it is time to vote to find the winner.
About C.F. Møller Architects' project, the jury says:
"Incredibly successful transformation, where the preserved and reused building elements are beautifully highlighted and integrated into the new interior in a natural way. The interior design is simple, timeless and flexible and works well for the users of the property. Renovation and conservation at its best..."
"Great thinking old factory site into a new urban and diverse district. DNGB Gold ensures sustainable construction and operation, good bright open landscapes with space and air for good indoor climate and good working environment"
"Transformation in Odense with respect for history and building. DGNB Gold ensures interaction with building, economy and environment. A building worth seeing that builds on its own history."
You can vote until Thursday 9 March at 12:00. The winner will be announced on 16 March. Norhcon is behind the Office Building of the Year award.
About the AG Group Head Office in Paper Factory Dalum
An iconic concrete structure at the disused Paper Factory Dalum in Odense has been transformed into the headquarters of the AG Group. Here, the industrial history of the building is preserved and given new life with a bright and dynamic office environment that simultaneously contributes to the development of Paper Factory Dalum from an old factory area into a new urban, green and diverse district.
AG Group's head office is located in the original building of Paper Factory Dalum, by the river Odense, which was established in 1874 and functioned until 2012 – and has had great industrial historical significance. The overall design strategy has been to retain the industrial architecture, and create an optimal environment for a good office environment with a lot of daylight, informal meeting places and improved contact between the departments.
The main office is built on two levels and can accommodate 40 employees. The distinctive shed ceilings on the first floor, characterised by roof surfaces that alternate between sloping and vertical, have been skylighted and panelled to contribute to good acoustics and great daylight conditions, as well as being highly characterful of the interior and exterior of the building. Other elements of the industrial architecture have been retained and reused with the existing concrete columns and grand vaults creating beautiful high ceilinged spaces with a very special atmosphere. The concrete of the original construction is preserved in its original character – and complemented by contrasting materials such as warm oak, light walls and integrated green planting.
The AG Group headquarters demonstrates the potential of preservation and transformation to create unique solutions and architectural quality with soul and history. The transformation provides a framework for a good working environment for employees, and supports the company's needs - as well as its values - by supporting more collaboration and being part of a sustainable urban development.
To support the urban development of its hometown, Odense, AG Gruppen has moved its headquarters to Paper Factory Dalum where it is part of the master plan for the area, which is part of Odense Municipality's urban strategy to make Odense Denmark's greenest city. The master plan strengthens the blue and green qualities of the area by creating links to the Odense river and removing concrete paving, increasing the area's green space by 150 percent. In addition to significantly improving biodiversity, it also means that the area's users can enjoy the recreational tranquillity of nature and have good opportunities to get around by foot and by bike, including a scenic connection to Odense city centre along the river.
The sustainable focus is also the transformation of preserved buildings and the reuse of materials. The long building with the shed roofs, where the AG Group headquarters is located, has been preserved with 85 percent. And crushed concrete is being reused to rainwaterproof the area by levelling it to direct water down to the river.