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planning and development strategy, through to project development and building management. High-quality packages widely exceeding any ‘standard service’ provide ffbk’s clients with a feeling of safety and trust. ‘Multi-sided architecture’ for ffbk also means adjusting their offering according to task, respectively acting in various roles ranging from traditional architectural services to general contractor. Projects mostly stem from competitions, presentations and proposals that gain the client’s interest and convince them to work with this high-profile practice. “Our main asset is our analytical approach,”says architect Jan Krarup, “We strive to understand our clients and their ideas and needs
before starting on the first draft. Also, we consider ourselves lucky to have built an excellent reputation. In many cases, satisfied clients come back to us with new projects.” Project development will be the strong pillar to build on for many years at ffbk. Uniting a large number of competencies under one roof means that ffbk enjoy the freedom to develop ideas of their own, lately shown with their new office building ‘Oslo Nord’, situated in the industrial Basel ‘Dreispitz’ area which is just now at the beginning of its transformation. The area benefits from the presence of the Academy of Art and Design Basel, the House of Electronic Arts as well as a number of radio studios, sound and photo studios. An event hall and many
small creative workshops also mark this unique area. The new office location, created on the basis of the ffbk test planning, was set as a core and shell construction on an iron-shaped plot. Featuring high ceilings in addition to an open layout, it offers generous variations of office and commercial spaces for the creative sector. 12 attractive penthouse apartments round up the design. To achieve large-scale, connected workspaces, the building outline follows the plot shape, giving the structure a landmark appearance within the district. The ‘building for alternative living and working spaces’ was designed with the help of three-dimensional planning and serves as a model for innovative project development. This ‘prototype’ helps ffbk to gain experience they will use to optimise future
Forum Zofingen: façade with view of ventilation elements.
Forum Zofingen: southwest view, first stage.
Forum Zofingen: aluminium façade elements, detail.
Issue 53 | August 2017 | 95
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