Scandinavian Airlines head office

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Coordinates: 59°22′18″N 18°01′26″E / 59.3717°N 18.0239°E / 59.3717; 18.0239

Scandinavian Airlines head office and lake Brunnsviken
SAS head office in 2007

The former Scandinavian Airlines/SAS Group head office is a building in Frösundavik, Solna Municipality, Sweden,[1][2] north of Stockholm.[3][4] The SAS head office is now currently located in a different building on the property of Stockholm Arlanda Airport in Sigtuna Municipality.[5]

History[edit]

The head office was built from 1985 through 1987 by the Norwegian architect Niels Torp. SAS intended to build its head office in the lake Brunnsviken area, near an exit to Stockholm Arlanda Airport. The plans caused controversy since the municipal and regional planners wanted the area to be used for recreation purposes. The Swedish government was about to sell land in the Brunnsviken area, and was interested in SAS has its main office in the area of Stockholm. So SAS took a plot of land, while the beaches and scenic elements of the area were retained. In 1984 SAS held a competition amongst nine architects to determine who would get to design the head office. Niels Torp won the competition and a 55,000-square-metre (590,000 sq ft) complex was built.[6] When the building opened, there were 2,000 employees.[3]

Around 2010, SAS had reduced its space in the building due to reductions in staffing. Therefore portions of the building were leased to other companies. Around 2010 the building owner, Nordisk Renting AB, decided to sell it to Norwegian KLP for 1.5 billion Swedish kronor. In 2010 SAS announced that it would relocate its head office to Stockholm-Arlanda Airport, with the move scheduled for the northern hemisphere autumn of that year.[3]

Features[edit]

The building has seven separate building blocks with a street, covered by a glass roof, connecting the corridors. The street is lined with shops and cafes.[7] Susie McKellar and Penny Sparke, authors of Interior Design and Identity, said that the SAS building, which opened in January 1988, said that the building "refashioned entirely the traditional notion of office life by creating a giant complex with shops, restaurants, and coffee bars lining a solar-heated internal 'main street'" running through the facility's spine. Jan Carlzon, a company president, explained that the concept was to promote SAS senior managers promenading through the corridor and meeting staff members informally. McKellar and Sparke added that the building "moved as far away from Taylorism in aesthetic and organisational terms as one could get."[8]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "SAS head office in Sweden." Scandinavian Airlines. Retrieved on 8 June 2009. "Mailling address SAS Head Office Frösundaviks Allé 1 SE-195 87 Stockholm "
  2. ^ "Cykelkarta 2007." Solna Municipality. Retrieved on 12 February 2010.
  3. ^ a b c "SAS to relocate Swedish head office, to axe 350 jobs." Airline Industry Information. M2 Communications. 15 February 2010. Retrieved on 28 January 2012.
  4. ^ "The SAS story / 1987." Scandinavian Airlines. Retrieved on 27 January 2012.
  5. ^ "SAS Head Office in Sweden." Scandinavian Airlines. Retrieved on 27 January 2012. "SAS Head Office Stockholm-Arlanda Kabinvägen 5 SE-195 87 Stockholm"
  6. ^ "SAS koncernbyggnad." Solna Municipality. Retrieved on 12 February 2010.
  7. ^ van Meel, Jurian. The European Office: Office Design and National Context. 010 Publishers, 2000. 97. Retrieved from Google Books on 12 February 2010. ISBN 90-6450-382-6, ISBN 978-90-6450-382-5.
  8. ^ McKellar, Susie and Penny Sparke. "The Contemporary Office." Interior Design and Identity. Manchester University Press, 2004. 199. Retrieved from Google Books on 12 February 2010. ISBN 0-7190-6729-4, ISBN 978-0-7190-6729-7.