Architectural photographer Marc Goodwin has recently completed "the ultra-marathon of photoshoots:" twenty-eight architectural offices in twenty-eight days, spread across four capital cities – Oslo, Stockholm, Copenhagen, and Helsinki. His aim was to understand what sort of spaces architects in the Nordic countries operate in, and how they differ between each respective country. From former boathouses to stables and coal deposits, Goodwin has captured some of the most unique working environments the profession has to offer.
My previous exposure to the environment of the architecture office was quite limited before I began this project. I'd had fleeting, outsider views – visits to discuss my work, co-ordinate photoshoots, and to return completed materials at the end of a project.
Goodwin found "each of the offices to be places in which teams come together, across skill levels, to brainstorm creative solutions that impact the world we live in. It was an amazing process to see at work," he continues.
Lundgaard & Tranberg
C. F. Møller
Leth & Gori
Tham & Videgård
Kjellander + Sjöberg
Studio Puisto / Rudanko Kankkunen
OOPEAA / Lundén
Talli / Leviska
- KHR Arkitekter Since 2010 / Size: 1400m2 / Former use: boat houses built to store naval ships in 1813 after a war.
- Henning Larsen Since 2001 / Number of employees: 170 in Copenhagen / Former use: department store completed in 1939, designed by architects H. Ortmann and V. Berner Nielsen
- 3XN Since 2014 / Size: 2000m2 / Number of employees: 85
- Lundgaard & Tranberg Arkitekter Number of employees: 40
- NORRØN Since: 2014 / Size: 180m2 / Number of employees: 8
- C.F. Møller Since: 1981 / Number of employees: 80 in Copenhagen branch / Former use: part of the School of Architecture
- LETH & GORI Since: 2011 / Number of employees: 5 / Former uses: bakery, Turkish club, two art galleries
- JÄGNEFÄLT MILTON Number of employees: 7 / Former use: stables
- White Since 2003 / Size: 6752m2 / Number of employees: 315 / Purpose built as office for White by White
- Elding Oscarson Arkitekter Since: 2014 / Number of employees: 8 / Former use: brewery
- Tham & Videgård Arkitekter Since: 2002 / Size: 200m2 / Number of employees: 15 / Former uses: head office including the telephone service for the local taxi company
- Street Monkey Since: 2016 / Number of employees: 3 / Size: 46m2 / Former use: Built in 1940 as multifamily housing
- Kjellander + Sjöberg Since: 2007 / Size: 260m2 / Number of employees: 40 / Former use: silk mill (today the mill’s operation is confined to one floor, a second floor is inhabited as a silk mill museum)
- SWECO Since: 2012 / Size: 29,000m2 / Number of workstations: More than 1,400 / Former use: Newspaper HQ built in 1960-62
- Superunion Architects Since: 2015 / Size: 130m2 / Number of employees: 4 / Former use: soap factory
- Snøhetta Number of employees: 119 / Former use: storage area for harbour deliveries.
- Lund Hagem Since: 2004 / Size: 1200m2 / Number of employees: 50 / Former use: storage area for harbour deliveries
- Atelier Oslo Since 2011 / Number of employees: 12
- LINK Since: mid 1980s / Number of employees: 59 in Olso branch (15 offices in Scandinavia) / Former uses: flour-mill
- ghilardi+hellsten Since: 2007 / Size: 450m2 / Number of employees: 11 / Former uses: Dance studio
- SPACEGROUP Since: 1999 / Size: 300m2 / Number of employees: 15 / Former uses: functionalist building from the 60s rehabilitated in 2013
- ALA Since: 2013 / Number of employees: 40 / Former uses: student housing with a shooting range in the basement (still there) and a tennis court under the vault, which is where we are
- B&M Architects Since: 2008 / Number of employees: 20 / Former uses: cable factory, which was turned into offices in the 1980s
- JKMM Since: 2015 / Size: 1007m2 / Number of employees: 65 / Former uses: office building designed by Raoul Lehman in 1978
- Studio Puisto / Rudanko Kankkunen Since: 2014 / Size: approx 90m2 / Number of employees: 6 / Former uses: fabric store, supermarket
- OOPEAA / LUNDÉN (2 offices in shared space) Since: 2015 / Size: 260m2 / Number of employees: 10 LUNDEN / 10 OOPEAA / Former uses: Camera shop, antiques store. The building itself was built 1936.
- Talli / Leviska (3 offices in shared space) Since: H&L moved in in 1997, Talli in 2012 / Size: 237m2 / Number of employees: 21 (Talli 14 people, Helander & Leiviskä 5, Micki Schnitzler 2) / Former uses: the building used to be an apartment building (built in 1929)
- PES Size: 500m2 / Number of employees: 30 / Former uses: The office bought the site in the 1970’s and the office building was built 1976, area 300m2. The Atelier part was built 1990, area 120m2