A.P. MØLLER HOUSE
A.P. MØLLER HOUSE – OUR CORPORATE HOME Esplanaden 19 was built in 1873 to accommodate the Royal Danish Nautical Chart Archives. In 1992, A.P. Moller - Maersk purchased the building and, over the years, a number of Maersk entities have occupied the corridors. For many years, the top floor housed the classrooms for our MISE (Maersk International Shipping Education) trainees. Today, Esplanaden 19 is the home of A.P. Moller Holding, the parent company and controlling shareholder of the A.P. Moller Group. The house has been named A.P. Møller House after our Founder Arnold Peter Møller (1876-1965). The purpose of A.P. Moller Holding is to own, invest in and build businesses that have a positive impact on society – ‘nyttig virksomhed’. A.P. Møller House had a soft inauguration on 14 October 2019 after undergoing extensive renovation. The vision was to create a welcoming and dynamic work environment with functional facilities and a homely feel. The colours and furniture have been carefully selected to reflect our heritage and to support our work culture. A.P. Møller House is located next to the A.P. Moller Foundations and A.P. Moller - Maersk, together creating a corporate campus for many of our Group’s activities.
OUR MATERIALS – INSPIRED BY NORDIC NATURE The choice of materials reflects the Foundations’ and the Mærsk Family’s Nordic heritage. The interior is characterised by craftsmanship and subtle maritime details. Brass railings on the sculptural staircase are a direct reference to our maritime heritage. Other brass details are found in the wooden floors, door handles, boardroom table and historic ship bells. Stone floors in the atrium, restrooms and basement are made by Swedish Ölands stone. A closer look reveals beautiful Orthoceras fossils deposited approximately 450 million years ago. Wool rugs in meeting rooms are inspired by Nordic scenes – for example magnolia blossoms or a golden Danish cornfield seen from above.
OUR ART – EXPRESSIONS OF NORDIC ARTISTS The renowned Swedish painter Mamma Andersson has created an in situ work of art especially for the atrium. The wall painting measures 12x4 metres and wraps the atrium in a dreamlike landscape inspired by Nordic nature and light. Mamma Andersson (born 1962) is a contemporary Swedish painter from Luleå in Northern Sweden. She graduated from Royal Institute of Art in Stockholm in 1993 and has done numerous solo and group exhibitions all over the world. Her work is known for its quiet dreamlike quality, often depicting figurative interiors and landscapes. Other works of art include work by the Danish artists Per Bak Jensen, John Kørner and others.
OUR LAMPS AND FURNITURE The furnishings of A.P. Møller House reflect the idea of a corporate home. Some items are new, some have been created specifically for A.P. Møller House, and others have been part of our history for decades. The old and new combine our past with our future. ‘A Drop of Grapes’ is the name of the sculptural light installation in the atrium, created by Danish designer Helle Mardahl. Each of its 30 glass globes is mouth-blown and has its own shape and personality. The high table on the third floor is made out of the pinewood girders from the original building, mounted almost 150 years ago and taken down to make room for the new interior layout. The chairs and table in Nordkapp stem from Mærsk Mc-Kinney Møller’s original boardroom at Esplanaden 50. They have been carefully renovated and upholstered with elegant blue velvet and leather. The boardroom table is designed by interior designer Helle Flou. Its graphic brass decoration is an artistic version of the highest mountain in Scandinavia, Kebnekaise. The lounge sofas are designed by Helle Flou in collaboration with Erik Jørgensen and produced at ‘Erik Jørgensen Møbelfabrik’ in Svendborg, Denmark.
Architect PLH – Jan Borgstrøm Interior Design HelleFlou – Helle Flou Visiting address Esplanaden 19 1263 Copenhagen K
Edition 2.0 2021