PRESS RELEASE: New prestigious architecture award for the Statoil building

Statoil regional and international offices receives WAF 2013 award for best office building. Read More

Photo: Ivan Brodey

The World Architecture Festival (WAF) is the world’s largest festival and live awards competition dedicated to celebrating, and sharing architectural excellence from across the globe. Over 2000 attendees have gathered in Singapore from over 68 countries for three days of live crits, parties and seminars from some of the world’s best-known architects.


The building consists of five main elements that have different orientations relative to the surrounding landscape and the Oslofjord. The design is rooted in the democratic principle of bestowing all users of the building with excellent working conditions that include stunning views and good light conditions.

Read more about the properties of the building on our website or in the text following the international press pack.

The jury says:

«This was a comprehensive and integrated project that merges modular construction and cost effectiveness in a modern Scandanavian way, demonstrating a deep understanding of democratic and social values in the new working environment. 

The whole social life of the building revolves around a central circulation tower fostering high levels of casual interaction in a company that shares international knowledge. 

An almost column free open and light interior makes a delightfully stimulating workplace»


The new office building, located just outside of Oslo, Norvay, have previously been internationally acclaimed. When receiving the World Architecture News (WAN) award in 2012 and being noiminated fir MIPIM 2013 in the category of commercial buildings the juries praised the project for its iconic and innovative architecture as well as highly flexible workspaces.

The project have also received the WAF 2009 award, for best future commecial project. At that time the jury recognized a-alab as «a young architecture office with balls» but did not expect the iconic and innovative building to be realized.

Three years and 20 months of construction time later, the building was completed late 2012. 2300 employees now inhabit the office building with stunning views over the surrounding park and the fjord of Oslo.

Architect and partner in a-lab, Odd Klev, states from Singapore:

– It´s incredible how much recognition the Statoil building gets, from all over the world. We are proud of both the end result and the developer IT Fornebu Property that has believed in the project all the way, despite the unusual concept and the economic crisis in 2008.


Read the jury report here.

Download full press package with low-& highresultion photos here.



Benjamin Barth

architect & public relations manager

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