Now this is a thing of sinuous beauty. Four intersecting cylinders, shaped and carved by ellipses to form a striking curvaceous form, rendered all the more amazing by the fact that it’s all brick. Jutting directly out of the water (a bridge is needed to access it it) it’s like an ancient landmass rising directly from the fjord.
The brickwork itself is amazing, custom glazed in hues that vary from the water towards sky, its regularity interrupted not only by the curving forms but also punctuated by special oversized (and circular!) bricks. The windows and brick merge together to continue the forms, and the whole thing dances in its interactions with water and sky, light and shadow.
Inside, all those curving forms make for some lovely spaces that also boast views out of the great windows towards the city and landscape beyond. And check out those details, like the circular elevator and wrap-around stair or the conference table with a chandelier that takes reflected sunlight and spreads it throughout the room. Great stuff.
What a delightfully sculptural and sweet building. Nicely designed to fill its role, a great mix of indoor and outdoor spaces and a fitting ambassador welcoming you to the city.