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Fjordenhus Castle-like Office By Olafur Eliasson

Fjordenhus is a fortress-like office in the Vejle Fjord in Denmark built by Danish-Icelandic artist Olafur Eliasson.

Fjordenhus is the headquarters of Kirk Kapital, which is the holding and investment company for three brothers who are direct descendent of the founder of Lego. But it also features a publicly accessible ground floor.

It is the first building entirely designed by Studio Olafur Eliasson, which has previously collaborated on architectural projects including the Harpa concert hall in Reykjavík.

The building rises from the water in the harbour of the city of Vejle. It is accessed across a footbridge, with a subterranean passage also connecting the building’s basement to the dockside.

The footbridge leads into the building’s public ground floor, which offers views out across the harbour and is decorated with site-specific artworks created by Eliasson. Above this double-height space, there are three storeys of offices for Kirk Kapital.

“We actually asked the client whether we could build in the water and take on an ephemeral language, an organic language, that might be a starting point for the design.”

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