The design for the new headquarters for food manufacturer Danish Crown uses the typical Danish farm building with its solid brickwork, hipped roof, and high ridge to create identifiable signature for the headquarters.
Three wing buildings are pushed together on one side to frame the main entrance and fan out to the north towards to open landscape. The wings are offset to one another so that they gather around a central inner hub, like the farm’s courtyard or the community green in nucleated villages.
This large pivotal space serves as the building’s vibrant heart with centrally located common facilities such as canteen, show kitchen, and employee store. It also links the building vertically by means of open bridges and staircases that connect the three wings and four storeys.
Creating a healthy work environment
The building and landscape design support a network- and activity-based work environment that revolves around the physical and mental health as well as the social and professional wellbeing of the employees. The fanning wings optimize daylight conditions for both workstations and common areas.
The offset composition provides generous views over the open landscape throughout the building for a healthy indoor climate and a high level of comfort. Furthermore, system of pathways leads through the landscape as scenic and eventful routes that combine recreational qualities, nature experiences, and attractive destinations along the way.
The integral relationship between building and landscape motivates employees to move around in- and outside the building, meet for an informal walk’n’talk, go for a run, and engage in different communal activities, for instance the community greenhouse and garden. Source by CEBRA.