Kongens gate 21 - Nordic's new head office

Project information

  1. Location Oslo‚ Norway
  2. Area5.000 m²

Project details

  1. Year2019 — 2020
  2. StatusCompleted
  3. Partners Vedal AS
  4. Enquiries Eskild Andersen
    Anne Kristine Kleppan
  5. Scope Workplace design
    Interior design
    Furniture design

A modern and inspiring workplace in a listed historical building

The listed building known as Telegrafen (The Telegraph building) has been restored to former glory and given a contemporary update on the inside. Upon its completion in 1924, the newspaper “Morgenbladet” praised the building as “undoubtably one of the most beautiful buildings in Kristiania”. Years later, in the city now known as Oslo, the building remains impressive. Not less so after its restoration and transformation. One enters through the shining copper doors of Kongens Gate 21 and walk into a building filled with Norwegian marble, frescoes on ceilings and walls and a custom 7-story chandelier designed by the architect himself – Arnstein Arneberg. Nordic’s new head office are situated on the third and fourth floors and are designed to enhance the original structure, and from that create a flexible and future-proof office space.

Respectfully transformed

Nordic has been responsible for the design of the third and fourth floor, so we can now truly call it our space. Marble tiles are extensively used through the projects, tying in with the material palette of the original building. Lighting, colour palette and furnishings have all been chosen to accentuate the original space in a respectful manner. The building is to be BREEAM certified and as such, all the interiors had to have the necessary certification as well.

History in the walls

Several listed rooms in Kongens gate 21 are given new life as our meeting rooms and will again have lively discussions and lots of ideas flowing through them. The old Director’s office among the most notable of these – a beautifully adorned room with secrets hidden in its walls. In addition to a Norwegian made safe, originally hidden in the wall behind a painting in true spy-movie form, the director had a secret door in the built-in wardrobe, from which he could make a discreet exit. We love the history in this place.