At Vejle Fjord in Jutland, Denmark, Fjordenhus, the new headquarters of the Danish investment group Kirk Kapital, rises from the water. For the building, designed by the Icelandic-Danish artist Olafur Eliasson and his studio, Waagner-Biro supplied the curved steel-glass facades, the curved doors in various design variants as well as the three main staircases including elevators.
"With the construction of these particularly sophisticated facade parts and individual door elements, we once again demonstrated our expertise in construction projects beyond the norm," says Mag. Thomas Jost, CEO of Waagner-Biro AG, on the occasion of the completion.
Fjordenhus, the first building designed by Olafur Eliasson and the architects of Studio Olafur Eliasson, led by Sebastian Behmann, contains site-specific artwork by Olafur Eliasson and office furniture and lamps designed specifically for the building. The artworks on the ground floor are open to the public.
The striking building has an area of 4,816 square meters and consists of four intersecting 28 meter high cylinders covered with 863,000 bricks.
From the cylinders Studio Olafur Eliasson peeled out from the circle to the ellipse running bodies that lead to parabolic cut-outs and create arched, multi-floor windows. This interplay of open and closed surfaces, torsions and arches, inside and out, makes the brick body an organic, almost filigree structure.
The steel-glass facades and pivot doors supplied by Waagner-Biro, like the masonry, exactly follow the complex geometry created by these intersections and had to be manufactured using millimeter-sized templates and welded together on the construction site. Many facades and doors are not vertical, but tilted up to 13 °, which made special solutions especially necessary for the doors in terms of functionality.
In the sense of the architectural design concept, special attention was paid to the design of the connection details to the masonry as well as to a discreet appearance of the façade with slender posts and bars.