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ABOVE: Working together is key at Codesign. BELOW: An open and flexible space at Sundbyberg City Hall.
Visionary co-creator working for change The Stockholm-based architecture firm Codesign thinks big. Not in terms of fancy villas or exclusive projects, but when it comes to visions and commitment to society. By Ellinor Thunberg | Photos: Per Ranung
The term co-design can be explained as a development process where design professionals empower, encourage and guide users to develop their own solutions. For the architect firm of the same name, this means that everyone’s opinion is equally important – no matter the work title. The highly skilled employees are of course hired by competence, but also for having cutting-edge personalities bringing different aspects and views to the table. The organisation is flat and the design process is a lot about listening to each other. Design for the greater good “Architecture is about building visions,” says founder and CEO Peter Ullstad and adds that they look for clients who want to change the world in some sense.
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The non-profit organisation Stockholms Stadsmission helps make the Swedish capital a better place for everyone. After nearly one hundred years in charming but small premises it moved to a modern headquarters designed by Codesign. The design includes existing furniture, mixed with new elements strengthening the identity of the organisation and
making the different areas of operation more visible. It also answered to the needs of the client by creating a more humane office, where colours, fabrics and smaller spaces create a homey feeling. Working for change “Nice-looking environments and good function are given when you hire an architect,” says Ullstad. He explains that what makes Codesign stand out is that they truly work to understand the client’s needs by listening. But the client too needs to be willing to change.
Promoting Brand Scandinavia. Featuring interview with actress Signe Egholm Olsen.