Orkla City

Orkla is a leading supplier of branded consumer goods to the Nordic and Baltic regions. Their new HQ is a workspace that reflects their work culture, employees and their cherished brands - A place where innovation shines.

Located in Oslo, Orkla’s new 16-storey headquarters is home to more than 900 employees, and is the main base of operations for the biggest branded consumer goods company in the entire Nordic region, a state-of-the-art structure designed by NSW Architects and Interior Architects IARK.

A three year project, Interior Architects IARK were fully involved in the development of the holistic workplace and design concepts, including an activity based working (ABW) layout and an array of sustainable and wellbeing centric features.

Alongside these criteria, the workplace was to be a reflection of the company’s values, – to be courageous, trusted and valued – reflected in all the design expressions, including the selection of décor, materials, colours and furniture. As a house of brands, Orkla was also keen to have its many brands visualized, displayed in such a way to portray them as “one Orkla”

From the early stages of the project Orkla were keen to implement ABW into their new workplace, but understood that for the concept to be effective, it would need to be tailored to their unique way of working. To ensure this, a pilot project for 120 employees was created over two years before completion date, giving the designers ample time to refine the workplace design.

The final concept consisted of three different function zones• Single workplaces – Occupancy levels for 50% of the number of...

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"Flokk chairs fit perfectly across many of the workspace zones… HAG SoFi is intuitive and easy to adjust, RBM Noor with its multitude of colours was an exciting choice in meeting rooms, and HAG Capisco is a special chair."
IARK AS

With 2.1 chairs available in the workspace per employee, Flokk designs feature throughout, with Orkla’s physiotherapist deeply involved in the selection process to ensure employees had healthy and reliable furniture.

Individual work zones feature the HÅG SoFi mesh as the standard work chair, with the HÅG Capisco specified in smaller numbers as an alternative design for employees. The intuitive and flexible nature of the chairs meant they were the natural choice.

In collaboration zones, the HÅG Futu was the standard chair of choice, with the colour of the undercarriage and design giving it warmth as well as function. RBM Noor, with its...

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