Photo © Tvilum Landinspektørfirma AS
Photo © Adam Mørk
Photo © Adam Mørk
Photo © Adam Mørk
Photo © Adam Mørk
Photo © Adam Mørk
Photo © Adam Mørk
Photo © Adam Mørk
Photo © Adam Mørk
Photo © Adam Mørk
Photo © Adam Mørk

The Crystal

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Year
2010

The extension to Nykredit consists of a new building – the Crystal – sited northwest of the existing Nykredit premises. Freestanding on the site, it reads as a transparent, geometrical, glazed form which, resting only on a single point and a single line, floats as a visually light, crystalline structure above the plaza.

In terms of both form and scale, the building is intermediate between the city and the harbour, and harmonises with neighbouring buildings. The interior layout of the building has been designed for optimum functionality, flexibility and efficiency. The typical floor plan is disposed in a Z-shape around two atria, which ensures that all workstations are well lit and enjoy a view. The disposition of the plan allows the accommodation of open plan, separate offices or meeting rooms. The building is primarily supported by a rhombic construction system placed immediately inside the façade.

The building’s multi-faceted glass façade reflects both daylight and the immediate surroundings, but the double-glazing also features an integrated sun screen that allows the building to adapt to changing light conditions.

The piazza features a large water pool which reflects the sun and the clouds moving across the sky.

This project has received multiple awards. Read more: https://www.shl.dk/the-crystal/

Other Projects by Schmidt Hammer Lassen

Aarhus Museum of Modern Art (ARoS)
Aarhus , Denmark
Dokk1
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Halifax Central Library
Halifax, Canada
Malmö Live
Malmö, Sweden
The Royal Library
Copenhagen, Denmark
City of Westminster College
London, Great Britain