The other day I got together with my friend Frida, a former exchange student from the Royal Danish Academy to the UW, and we decided to wander over to the new Lundgaard & Tranberg project that is under construction. Well, we arrived just in time because it started pouring the second we arrived, and we were forced to take shelter under one of the newly built balconies. I decided to return in the sunshine for a few photos.
The building (actually, two buildings) is the new SEB Bank and Pension headquarters. It seems to consist of mostly office spaces, with a cafeteria at the ground floor of one of the buildings. The space between the two buildings is a topographical landscape of white concrete planes, with landscape breaking through every so often. on the second floor, more white concrete planes jut out to become balconies, with holes for the newly planted trees to grow up and through them.
View from the busy street, with a peak into the parking garage.
Planes of white concrete, with landscaping. Skateboarders have already taken over this area, though there are still major landscaping efforts underway.
The two buildings reflect off of one another and create some pretty great effects. My one criticism right now is that the ground level is so reflective that there is little chance for interaction between the ground floor cafeteria space and the garden terraces. It would be nice if there were some places where you could peek inside, at least in these public spaces. Well, it's not done yet, you never know...
The new project just happened to be right up the street from another Lundgaard & Tranberg project, so I visited that one as well, the Havneholmen housing development. The people living on the ground floor actually have steps leading down to the water. I wonder if anyone kayaks to work?