Conversions: old boat houses into offices
Danish architecture firm 3XN, have transformed what was once a historic listed boat house, into an office for themselves, that can accommodate up to 150 staff.
The historic canon boat shed, which dates from the mid-1800s, was originally used to repair and store military boats. The floor of the building slopes slightly towards the adjacent canal, which allowed the boat builders to slide the boats out into the water.
The eastern facade faces the canal and is lined entirely with full-height windows and operable doors.
Kim Herforth Nielsen, 3XN’s founder, believes that everyone – from senior designers to interns – has valuable ideas to contribute to our projects and the life of the firm. He designed the new studio to facilitate communication, laying it out as one open plan that locates staff based on their group.
The competition teams sit together, as do the project teams, Communication, Administration and GXN. All staff can see one another and be inspired by what each group is doing. A non-hierarchical culture, all partners sit in the open studio with the staff, which cultivates openness and sharing.