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About the building

 

The building in Sverdrups gate 27 was built in 1978 for the Norwegian Petroleum Directorate. It has a square structure with an outdoor atrium at its centre and a rational layout, in line with the modernist mindset of the late 1970s.

The building consists of concrete pillars and girders and two characteristic pointy roofs, a design meant to reflect the factories in the area.

Smedvig started renovating Sverdrups gate 27 in 2021, focusing on reusing existing materials and conserving the structure of the original building.

By implementing world leading VDC and sustainability technology, Smedvig’s subsidiary Veni scanned and modelled the building thoroughly, enabling the use of façade panels, pillars, girders and other concrete elements.

Usage was also optimised by making use of the interior atrium. Here, a massive wood structure was lifted into place in 2021, which connected it with the building’s existing concrete structure.

In addition to the construction materials, reuse and sustainability were emphasised when choosing interior features and furniture for the building. Marble tiles and other interior features from Smedvig’s old head office are some examples of elements that will get a new life at Innoasis.

At the time, Sverdrups gate 27 played an important role in ushering Norway and the region into the oil age. Now Smedvig hopes the building will house new activities that will bring the region into a new era, this time with a focus on smart technology and sustainability.