Project references


  • Location: Copenhagen, Denmark
  • Year: 2013-2017
  • Client: Nordea Properties
  • Architect: Henning Larsen Architects
  • Environmental certification: LEED Platinum
  • Photo: Adam Mørk

Nordea bank headquarters

Inspired by the North

Nordea is a prominent Nordic Bank. Built on a base of Offerdal quartzite with scintillating, transparent facades, the bank sets new standards for work in the financial sector by providing an approachable environment that opens up to the city.

With a tribute to the great Nordic landscapes, the new Nordea Headquarters rises like a sparkling giant ice block on a charcoal Offerdal quartzite base. The crystalline facade allows daylight to flow through the building and is a key component in the vision of creating transparency between employees, clients and the surrounding city. Passersby can glance in from the outside and witness life and work within the building. The headquarters consists of two masses with indoor atrium spaces with tiles of Offerdal quartzite in a natural surface. One wing houses Scandinavia’s largest trading floor with a capacity of 600 traders, the other buzzes with life and energy sparked by activity between employees and clients.

The selection of materials for the Nordea Headquarter is inspired by Nordic landscapes using both Offerdal quartzite, oak, and trees borrowed from the vegetation of the Nordic forests, adorning the indoor atrium space. The inspiration for the innovative and expressive façade draws on the fractured surfaces of icebergs. Functionally, the façade also meets Nordic principles here related to sustainability.

Material deliverance:

3 000 m² Offerdal facade panels
5 000 m² Offerdal tiles natural surface
800 m² Offerdal paving
100 tons Offerdal bricks natural edge