The new building, which will be adjacent to the headquarters of Denmark's Radio and Copenhagen's Concert Hall, is designed by Henning Larsen Architects. Covering a 46,000 m² area with a 10,000 m² basement and the possibility of extending up to a total of 70,000 m², the building will accommodate between 1800 and 2200 employees.
Nordea's current headquarters in Christiansbro in central Copenhagen is home to, among others, 600 dealers. The trading facilities are outdated and obsolete, and therefore the primary purpose of the new headquarters in Ørestad is to create future-proof facilities.
Nordea consists of Nordea Bank (the new building's tenant) and Ramboll's customer, Nordea Properties (the building's owner and investor). Ramboll was selected at the direct request of the customer. Ramboll is well respected in the financial industry as client advisor and has a proven track record from a number of similar initiatives.
Sculptural building forms
As client advisor, Ramboll will provide process and technical advice, from preparing the construction programme to delivering the finished building. The headquarters will be completed by the end of 2015.
The building complex comprises four "light" sculptural forms placed on a base, which in the south is characterised by a parkland and to the north will appear as two storey brick facades facing the street.
The project has a strong focus on sustainability, as the construction is aspiring to achieve LEED Platinum certification. This will be reflected in advanced and efficient water and energy systems, the careful choice of materials and a high quality indoor environment.
"The core of the building will be centred around an open trading floor area over several floors, which must accommodate 600 dealers and a huge amount of technical equipment. This creates significant challenges in relation to power supplies, acoustics and indoor air," said Leif Kaare Jensen.