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K8

Stavanger/ Norway

Size/ 15,000 m²
Competition/ 2016, first prize in international design competition
Client/ Base Property
Landscape architect/ Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects
Local architect/ MAD Arkitekter
Engineer/CORE Technology/ SKANSKA
Sustainability/ Targeting a BREEAM NOR Excellent and WELL Gold certification

K8 is a dynamic scheme for boosting the city of Stavanger’s ambitions for future urban developments. Located in the city’s central business district, K8 is a mixed-use office tower that will create a new benchmark for sustainable and creative work environments in Stavanger. Targeting a BREEAM NOR Excellent and WELL Gold certification, the project introduces a new public centre; a transformation of the existing park; and a new 16-floor tower containing 15,000-square-metres of highly flexible space for offices, restaurants, exhibitions, and conferences. The ground and top floors will be open to the public, ensuring a new unique meeting place in the city.

The building is located near Stavanger Central Station on a unique site next to the future "Tivoliparken" which will be an inviting green city park for pedestrians, providing new lines of connections in the surrounding neighbourhood and to the city.

The building is accessible on 3 of its sides with the main entrance towards the park and a ground floor designed to interweave with the urban fabric guaranteeing it as an integral part of the city.

The new 16-storey tower will stand simple and modern in its form with a clear Scandinavian architectural reference, bringing a timeless expression to the varied building structure in the area.

The building's design is optimized to the highest degree of user-friendliness and energy efficiency. Green terraces at different heights and orientations bring a distinct recognizable character to this new building in Stavanger.

The facade design is a composition of slim vertical aluminium and glass panels which offer increased daylight to over 600 workspaces.

The two first floors of the tower will welcome public programs including a café, restaurant, canteen, lobby, flexible performance spaces and multifunctional exhibitions and events space that take place around a large amphitheatre staircase. Floors 3 and underground (U1) will house the church which is currently located on the site.

Floor 4 to 12 and 14 to 15 will be used as office space designed to be open and bright, with dramatic 360 views to the city.

K8 introduces innovative ways of reducing energy consumption and the building’s CO2 footprint, targeting a BREEAM NOR Excellent and WELL Gold certification.

The 13th floor will offer conference facilities and the top floor will include restaurants, bars and public space with incredible views to the city and the fjord.

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