Programs such as rentable conference rooms, bars, gyms and yoga studios complete the public offer. The valley floor allows for a mix of different area typologies, from start-up offices, flexible co-working places, “hot desking” to permanent workrooms, in the hope to attract students from the nearby UiB (University of Bergen), as well as other young professionals. Long and short passages through the Nygårdsgaten 91 atrium are guided by the encountered formal elements: stairs, ramps, room pockets, walls, glass partitions, portals and triple-height ceilings.
Knowingly resolved, the building’s technical grid allows for a great flexibility in space layout and program distribution, as well as a daylight entry complying with strict environmental requirements. It meets an energy-classification of level A, with a BREEAM certification.
Instead of the sharp angles often met in this area of Bergen, the façade and roof are rounded off, with the intention of creating a soft interface that binds the area’s main actors together (Nygårdsparken, SATS, the Meteorological Institute, the rotunda, Statens Vegvesen’s offices and so on). In addition to its entrance being placed towards the existing Bybanen stop, a bus terminal with bicycle parking is located at the northern end of the building, making it a visible service and destination. Nygårdsgaten 91’s light material palette recalls the young, fresh greens of the nearby park; its rooftop rooms frame splendid views of the city.