Connecting to the wider world through Swedavia’s new head office. An activity-based workplace geared to interaction, networking and a shared culture. The office is intended to strengthen the brand and attract the employees of tomorrow.
Swedavia’s head office at Stockholm Arlanda Airport provides 530 employees not just with a modern office, but also a new way of working. Operations from nine different locations have been brought together in an activity-based office that aims to provide a creative, networking and varied environment where interaction and a shared culture can evolve.
“We don’t see this as a relocation project. For us, activity-based is a new way of working. Open-plan areas allow natural interaction and we evolve together. There was some anxiety internally, especially at the outset, but we have worked hard to implement this working method. We have provided information on what it means for the individual and management, conducted workshops and created a project page on our intranet, and formulated objectives. We have now succeeded in converting the vast majority who had concerns initially,” says Malin Nybladh, change manager within HR at Swedavia.
Head office leads the way
The office has been modelled to suit Swedavia’s requirements, with numerous meeting rooms and areas for interaction. Tema Arkitekter, together with Swedavia, designed the office and has developed its own version of an activity-based set-up.
“We wanted to clarify Swedavia’s values, since the head office creates a benchmark for how the group’s other offices will look. It should be clear what the business is about as soon as you enter the office,” says Karolina Hammar, the lead interior designer from Tema Arkitekter.
Inspired by sky and earth
Aviation naturally played a big role when planning the office. The weather, nature, earth and, of course, air all provided inspiration. The entrance floor uses earth colours, while level two is dominated by yellow and green shades to symbolise both treetops and the sun. The top floor features blue like the sky, with injections of red to suggest sunset. The flooring provides another interesting detail. It reflects views as they appear from the air when flying, a patchwork of fields and meadows.
The fact that the environment represents an important component of Swedavia’s operations is not just reflected in the aesthetics of the interior design.
“The furniture which Swedavia has invested in delivers a high level of aspiration in terms of sustainability. It bears the Nordic Swan Eco-label or fulfils equivalent standards. In addition, just over 30 per cent of the interior furnishings are being reused, which is the best form of environmental saving. The furnishings that are being freshened up and reused are naturally high quality and adapted to the needs of the business,” says Mats Genym from Input interior, which managed the relocation project and supplied the interior furnishings for the new office.