C.F. Møller Architects wins international recognition for sustainable building
The ambitions for Carlsberg's new central office were to bring together several of the company's departments in a new, dynamic office building where the indoor climate and physical working environment are top notch.
- Today's office workplaces need to be flexible and offer a variety of spatial experiences and functionalities to meet modern organisations' needs for knowledge sharing, cohesion, and social relationship building. This is combined with continued high levels of digital meeting activity and remote working.
As architects, we also find that modern organisations are placing higher demands on the physical environment, both in terms of reflecting company values and being sustainable. Carlsberg's central office encapsulates all of this, and we are proud that the project has also been awarded with such a prestigious prize," says Lone Wiggers, architect and partner at C.F. Møller Architects.
Carlsberg's central office is a low-energy and sustainable building with long-lasting solutions and materials. The interior surfaces are untreated, raw, and without chemical interventions, while the wooden cladding acts as sound absorber. In addition, important measures for a good indoor climate are a high degree of daylight which is secured at both fixed and flexible workplaces in the entire office building.
- Carlsberg's headquarters sets the framework for a modern and dynamic workplace with a building that supports identity, knowledge sharing, and innovation. Sustainability has been one of the key design drivers from the interior spaces to the exterior surroundings, says Lone Wiggers, architect and partner at C.F. Møller Architects.
The landscape of the protected Carls Garden, which surrounds Carlsberg's central office, acts as a climate mitigant with sculptural water elements that support local rainwater drainage. In addition to energy optimisation of the building, green roofs also reduce water run-off and mitigate flooding of the public sewer system.
The landscape around Carlsberg's central office has also been recognised by the ECOtechGREEN award for being an excellent example of how urban climate mitigation can be integrated into urban and landscape architecture.
About Carlsberg’s Central Office
The new central office of the Carlsberg Group sets the framework for a modern and dynamic workplace, with a building that supports identity, knowledge sharing, and innovation and stands in harmony with its surroundings. Carlsberg’s central office is in the historic Carlsberg City District. The building consists of three wings, which unite in an atrium, the building’s central space. One of the wings forms a bridge over one of the neighbourhood's main access roads. The other two wings embrace Carl Jacobsen's historic garden and villa.
The atrium opens onto Carl Jacobsen's Garden overlooking Carlsberg City and connects all floors of the building, surrounded by communal areas and joining all the office sections, both vertically and horizontally, into one single working community, reinforcing collaboration and sharing across the organisation.
A large staircase with steps furnished with seating pads invites sitting down for short breaks, informal meetings and social interaction between staff and guests while enjoying a great view to the garden.
By shaping the building in a faceted and angled way, the workplace areas provide a variety of views and spatial contexts for permanent as well as "touch down" temporary workstations.
The building is adapted to the surroundings by tapering the height down towards the smaller surrounding houses and Carl Jacobsen's Villa, and by embracing the historic gardens of the villa and forming a gateway to the district.
The façades consist of large glass sections that are rhythmically divided by vertical slats covered with recycled copper. The copper leads the mind back to the old brewery tanks and refers to the many beautiful copper details on the historic buildings of the district.
The building is low energy, sustainable construction with an emphasis on good indoor climate, featuring durable natural materials such as recycled copper and bamboo, solar cells, water saving fixtures, and heat recovery ventilation.
About the GREEN GOOD DESIGN Award
The Chicago Athenaeum's GREEN GOOD DESIGN award highlights the most important buildings and products that set international standards with fully sustainable designs that meet the highest standards.
The GREEN GOOD DESIGN award originates from the GOOD DESIGN award, which was founded in Chicago in 1950 by Eero Saarinen and Ray Eames.
About Chicago Athenaeum
The Chicago Athenaeum is a global nonprofit education and research institute. The Institute's mission is to communicate the importance of architecture and design as disciplines that can positively impact the environment.