DNB House / Dark Arkitekter

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Oslo, Norway
DNB House / Dark Arkitekter - Windows, Cityscape
© Olaf Kon

Text description provided by the architects. Barcode is part of the mixed-use development of Bjørvika, a former harbor area and highway intersection that expands Oslo city center. Dark teamed with MVRDV and A-Lab and won the international design competition for the development.

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The winning entry proposed as a string of narrow, yet heterogeneous building shapes inspired in the design of a barcode. DNB’s three-building headquarters is part of the Barcode development, and each member of the Barcode team designed a different part of the trio.


Dark was responsible for the glass-and granite“West-Building”, which accommodates 600 occupants. An underground concourse containing meeting rooms, canteen, and other common functions runs continuously under all three DNB buildings.

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© Jiri Havran

The 15-story office building resembles a giant stair, in which each tread is a large roof terrace and each riser is a two-story-tall glazed common room. The extensively planted rooftops retain water while also providing employees with contemplative break spaces that look towards the east and south.

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© Jiri Havran

A publicly accessible inclined elevator that terminates in a penthouse restaurant outlines the stair-shaped volume. Alongside this elevator, an internal stairwell connects the several floors where DNB offices’ are located.

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© Jiri Havran

Shops, food vendors, and other commercial services populate the street level, which also features an open passage punching through all the buildings in Barcode complex.

DNB House / Dark Arkitekter - Waterfront, Cityscape
© Jiri Havran

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Address:Bjørvika, Oslo, Norway

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Cite: "DNB House / Dark Arkitekter" 31 Jan 2016. ArchDaily. Accessed . <https://www.archdaily.com/781221/dnb-house-dark-arkitekter> ISSN 0719-8884

© Olaf Kon

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