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Arctia Headquarters / K2S Architects

Arctia Headquarters / K2S Architects

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  • Architects: K2S Architects
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  950
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2013
  • Photographs Photographs:  Mika Huisman, Marko Huttunen
  • Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project
    Manufacturers: RMIG
© Mika Huisman
© Mika Huisman

Text description provided by the architects. Docked icebreakers are an essential part of the Katajanokka-shore environment. The new head-quarters of Arctia Shipping Ltd. will be placed in a floating office building in front of the listed main building of the Finnish ministry of Foreign Affairs which was originally designed by C.L.Engel.

© Mika Huisman
© Mika Huisman

The horizontal massing and customized black steel facades relate to the black hulls of the adjacent ice breaker ships. The headquarters building can be seen as one the vessels. The interior of the black “steel ship” is constructed of lacquered wood which related to earlier ship building traditions. The facades of the building are made of customized wave pattern steel profile. There is a gradient and abstract pattern perforated on the steel profiles which relates to ice crystals and sailor textile patterns.

© Marko Huttunen
© Marko Huttunen

The building will be completed on a shipyard in western Finland and towed to site. There is a water ballast system which will maintain the floor level of the office building in the same level as the dock.


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Address:Katajanokka, Helsinki, Finland

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Cite: "Arctia Headquarters / K2S Architects" 26 Sep 2013. ArchDaily. Accessed . <https://www.archdaily.com/431501/arctia-headquarters-k2s-architects> ISSN 0719-8884

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