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New innovative, high-tech and energy efficient landmark in Norway

Photo: Wingårdhs

​​​​Rendering of the new Statoil headquarter building in Stavanger, Norway. 

​COWI is ready to kick off the realization of one of the most iconic and complex building constructions in Norway. 

The new Statoil headquarter complex in the Stavanger region will serve as an innovative, high-technological and energy efficient landmark. The building will be located in Norway's largest business cluster, Forus Næringspark, with nearly 40,000 people working in the area and a total turnover of a staggering 1,000 billion NOK per year. 

"Statoil's new headquarters will become an iconic landmark as well as a central guide point in the Forus area. This is an innovative, high-tech building, and Statoil has high ambitions when it comes to environmental and energy targets. This is the type of complex project we live for," says CEO of COWI Norway, Terje Bygland Nikolaisen.

The winning design 

The project proposal consists of a new building with room for 3,500 office stations located close to the entrance of the existing Statoil office building at Forus West. This supports the ongoing urbanization of the area, as per the Forus vision. The building has an elliptical plan form, which slopes from the 16th floor on the North side to the first floor on the South side, giving the building a distinctive look. Due to the building's space-efficient shape and office solution, the gross area of the construction is far lower than the other project proposals in the competition. The architectural office, Wingårdhs, has developed the concept for Statoil's new headquarters.

COWI won the prestigious design and consultancy contract in strong competition with other large consulting firms. The agreement includes both parts of the zoning plan as well as consultancy and planning in the definition and implementations phases. COWI has the Stavanger based company, Procon, onboard as supplier of building technique.

"COWI's experience with complex functional constructions, our proven cooperative abilities across disciplines, and our unique specialist competencies within multiple demanding areas, make me secure that we will deliver the best, most sustainable and efficient solutions," says Senior Vice President for Division Buildings in COWI Norway, Kirsti Engebretsen Larssen.

"Throughout the last 15 years, COWI has worked on several projects with Wingårdhs. We work well together, complement each other's competencies and we get along great. We are, therefore, very satisfied with Statoil's choice of architectural partner," says Larssen.

The actual construction phase is set to begin in 2017.

Rikke Vous Hvidsteen rvhv@cowi.dk

Published 23.05.2014​

LAST UPDATED: 16.09.2016