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Old December 10th, 2007, 11:30 PM   #1
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FJORDCITY | KLP Bygget | 64m | 18fl | Completed

KLP Bygget
DnB NOR is a part of the OperaKvarteret highrise clauster

The KLP-building is a multifunctional building containing not only the approximately 1000 employees of KLP but also 53 residential apartments, a
gallery and restaurants.

The main objective of the design was to make the KLP- building play its own unique role in the harmonic complexity of the masterplan. The area is
divided into narrow bars where each of the sites is designed to be building structures with its own shape and architectural identity. The KLP-
building covers 3 such bars, consisting of two solid volumes separated by a glazed void. The two volumes is given contradicting shapes, different
materiality and colour. This makes the buildings dual character. In thecore of the building the void opens up to a glass-covered six stories tall
atrium which provides excellent daylight conditions to the inner office areas. The atrium creates a central opening encouraging informal meetings
and communication between employees, in addition to making a reference of orientation for the all the office floors.

The configuration of two towers placed diagonally northwest /southeast provides a free sight to the fjord for the urban areas behind the building.
The residential apartments are situated in the upper 10 floors at the southwest tower. The tower facing northwest with its cantilevered
construction comprise the office areas.

West Tower:
The west volume appears as a white stone carved into a block. This solid and sculptural language contradicts the neighbouring glass box building.
In addition to the solid stone wrapping of the volume, the structure has a cantilevered tower overhanging a roof garden, which gives the building a
strong spatial character.

The 13.5 m long cantilevered structure, is carried by a one story tall truss system, suspended from the opposite (north) side of the tower. Because
of the strict detailing around the window openings, the openings looks like they have been carved out of a monolithic stone. The stone elements
around the openings create reliefs and depth in the facade, as well as a play of shadows throughout the day.

East Tower:
The east tower has a simple architectural language. The volume is wrapped in a smooth, dark and elegant skin. The building envelope is a modular
system of glass and aluminium panels. Aligned and given the same colour, the system appears as one thin layer covering the structure.

The tower had to appear as one volume, although it serves as a multifunctional building. It was important to create a modular facade system that
is suitable for residential apartments of different sizes and diverse office spaces. The designed system provides good and comfortable daylight
conditions and enhances the great spaces inside. It makes the building volume stand out as a cohesive bar from an exterior perspective, but not
by the expense of the architectural thoughts put into the interior of the building.

As the stories differs according to function the balconies which shoots out of the facade, was used as an architectural element overlapping the
transition. The balconies are solid planes with glass balustrades. They create strong vertical elements which contradicts the fragile expression of
the polished building skin.

Green roofs / roof gardens:
All of the buildings five roof planes are green. Three of these are roof terraces, and offers access to a panoramic view of the fjord and the
surrounding city for the residents and the employees. The roof gardens consist of trees, ornamental grass and sedum, combined with areas of
wooden floors. The resisting roof planes are all covered in Sedum. The beds of Sedum even out the temperature difference in the building, and
decrease the pressure of the drainage to the sewer at large precipitations.

Environmental concept:
Incorporating environmental thinking in the design concept was a major aim. To obtain energy efficiency an exterior wall with limited use of glass
was chosen. Insulated building skin, materials with high thermal mass, highly insulating glass and high quality detailing contribute reducing heat loss.
In addition, technical heating installations, ventilation and artificial light are decentralized, which enables individual regulations. District heating from
sea based water pumps in the fjord of Oslo will soon become the main heating source for the KLP-building and the rest of Barcode.

By providing a great amount of parking spaces for bicycles and limited parking for cars the employees and residents are encouraged to become
more eco-friendly. The building is within walking distance to regional, national and international transportation system.

The KLP-building along with the rest of Barcode buildings marks the new skyline of Oslo greeting visitors from the fjord and providing a new
attractive and entertaining borough designed for the future.

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Old December 11th, 2007, 12:03 AM   #2
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pretty nice! Looks really dense in the area! I like it!
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Old December 11th, 2007, 12:26 AM   #3
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pretty nice! Looks really dense in the area! I like it!
Its really dense, its nabour building to the west is the completed PriceWaterhouseCooper, and with Isfjellet right to its east, and next to that and a little park and a big stair, Visma. So this area will get really nice if everything goes our way!
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Old December 11th, 2007, 12:30 AM   #4
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Great! Is all this part of a big project?
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Old December 11th, 2007, 12:45 AM   #5
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It's all part of the Barcode project. Consisting of more than 200.000 square metres of office space iirc, to become the new Central Business District in Oslo.

The main developer of the area is Oslo S utvikling (OSU) Their website got webcam and a proper presentation in english. View it here
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Old December 11th, 2007, 12:51 AM   #6
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Great! Is all this part of a big project?
Its the Barcode project in the Oslo Fjordcity project, will become the background of Oslo Opera House. If the original plan goes ahead we might see 8-10 high-rises here (up to 110m) done by 2015. I doubt that, a decission will fall in February next year. Hopefully they will approve Isfjellet and Visma, as Visma had more or less started construction before it was put on hold (******* NIMBY's)! I am really afraid that NIMBY's will win this one again, even though it was approved a few years ago!
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Old December 11th, 2007, 04:45 PM   #7
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i like that one
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Old February 15th, 2008, 07:59 PM   #8
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This is U/C now, no doubt about it! I`l see if I`l post some construction photos soon.
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Old February 15th, 2008, 09:52 PM   #9
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looks great, I love it
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Old February 16th, 2008, 09:15 PM   #10
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KLP construction 16.02.08

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Old June 2nd, 2008, 10:31 AM   #11
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Here's a webcam where one can see the progress:
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Old June 7th, 2008, 12:15 AM   #12
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Since the webcam is'nt really telling anything, here's another update from the field;D Also there's been a change in the western tower, it will have a white stone cladding and windows in a grid, but variation of form in the frames. Structure work will be finished in march. Cladding starts in december and will be finished next august. Tiny pic with new design:



Sorry, didn't find any large ones...
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Old June 7th, 2008, 06:57 AM   #13
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no improvement to Scandinavia/nordic/baltic/Europes ugliest "city".
still a boring, expensive and ugly town.
sorry :-P
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Old June 7th, 2008, 01:37 PM   #14
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Any good drawings of how it will really look? From outside I mean.
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Thanks for your encouraging comments Boblius.

Ingenioren: I was at the exact spot from where you took that image yesterday, but since you uploaded that image I don't need to
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The change in exterior seems like an improvement. I don't know what materials were planned, but the old render could easily be something similar to Postgirobygget, which is not what I hope for Barcode.

Boblius seems to have some of his own definitons of "town" and "city", let him have that. Anyways I think we can agree that Oslo qualifies to the Norse term "by", which actually reads "place with many buildings" originally.
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Old June 21st, 2008, 10:14 PM   #17
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update 21.06.08




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Old June 23rd, 2008, 12:45 AM   #18
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Update 21.06.08, as seen from the opera!
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Old June 23rd, 2008, 02:10 PM   #19
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Tiny pic with new design:



Sorry, didn't find any large ones...
Here are three renders. Not very big, but bigger.









Cant wait to see it finnished
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Old June 24th, 2008, 01:08 AM   #20
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Great, they are much better than what we used to have, and it looks nice too, very nice actually!
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