Good architecture today is tomorrow's cultural heritage.
With innovation, strong identity and a focus on health and well-being, we created 'Damen' (Swedish for 'the Lady') - a place for both pulse and rest where there is room for the spontaneous and unexpected.
With one leg in history and one into the future, ‘Damen’ is a groundbreaking design well rooted in the present. The area Svanen 5 in Norrköping, Sweden, has an attractive location at the square, the water and in walking distance to the new travel center, which creates excellent conditions for a multifunctional building.
‘Damen’ offers a new solution for parking that takes advantage of today’s cutting-edge technology to optimize the utilization rate and reduce built-in volume. This is done through an automated parking solution that requires a lower floor height and at the same time reduces insecurity as no one enters the garage. The usage of lifts and automation eliminates the need for space-consuming ramps.
To meet a future where parking garages may no longer be needed, there is already a strategy in place for a simple conversion to other activities in the future. The innovative parking solution frees up land to be able to create a courtyard with greenery adjacent to the planned for office building, both of which are open with good access to daylight and views outwards. In the office building, flexible premises are created that can meet a working life in change where the use of premises is constantly changing and the need for different types of meeting places increases.
Flexibility is expressed as the office building consists of two parts; the majority of which are flexible areas for businesses and the southern short side forming a public vertical street towards the square with room for culture, knowledge and well-being. This creates an open communicating contact area between the businesses and the public with a multi-faceted palette of meeting places, rooms for joint activities and site-specific solutions that take advantage of the context and the view. The functions are visible in the façade, which creates a unique architectural expression that is also used for natural sun protection.
Inspired by Japanese stylie gardens with crushed gravel surfaces and groomed trees, the courtyard becomes a beautiful and restful place to rest your eyes on those in the building. The parking garage is divided into two housing bodies whose regular wave-shaped façades form a solid background for the inner courtyard. Norrköping is also called ‘Peking’ (Swedish for ‘Beijing)’) giving the garden’s stylistic references further meaning.
The office building is designed with well-being in focus with the opportunity to work outdoors. The building is designed in interaction with the surroundings, being only four storeys high towards Slottsgatan and Kaptensgatan while seven floors towards the public square, which creates a clear visibility from the square as well as a dynamic façade for the square. The building volumes have been designed in relation to the context while enabling the best possible daylight inlet.