Workspaces, reception, back office, kitchen area, meeting halls, decompression areas and even the “James Bond” room: a windowless room, a sort of bunker skilfully transformed into a lounge in which to gather to reflect in a calm intimate atmosphere.

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The Oslo offices of the Arkwright strategic consultancy agency are designed by Haptic Architects, a London- and Oslo based architectural studio with an international outlook, established in 2009, by converting an old warehouse near Aker Brygge.

The strength of the space lies in the large arched windows which look out over the Harbour and which let in natural light.

The result is a large double height volume in which spiral stairs create the spaces for meetings, the reception, creating a real amphitheatre which can also be used for sitting.

The design of Arkwright Offices draws inspiration from the “Svabergs”, large rock formations typical of the area, rounded and polished by icebergs over thousands of years. An approach in keeping with the design methods of Haptic: “to develop a design that responds specifically to the physical and environmental conditions of the site and its context”.

Sabrina Sciama

Sabrina Sciama

After graduating in architecture, she worked in publishing for over twenty years. Contents manager for corporate blogs, architecture- and design portals, collaborating with professional magazines and handling the drafting of monographs. She has worked with: Domus, Abitare, Case da Abitare, Auto&Design, Case&Stili. Actively involved in the design-italia.it portal between 2001 and 2007, working mainly on the daily news section and the daily newsletter, as well as playing a proactive role in the management of additional website content. Editor of Box magazine from 2004 to 2009, also coordinating the drafting of two volumes focusing on young designers entitled “Box circa 40 – progettisti italiani e stranieri attorno ai 40 anni”. Coordinated the drafting of corporate catalogues and monographs for the series entitled “I Protagonisti del Design” for Hachette Fascicoli (Giulio Iacchetti and James Irvine, 2012).