The visitors’ lounge is connected via a low mezzanine and stair to the main entrance.

The visitors’ lounge is connected via a low mezzanine and stair to the main entrance.

View from the ground floor down into the demo kitchen.

Stair from the main entrance via a mezzanine down into the public areas.

Along the facade facing the park a number of different spaces forms a transition from inside to outside.

Sample board showing the main interior materials. 1. Hot rolled raw steel, owatrol coated 2. Raw steel 3. Brushed stainless steel 4. Steel flooring 5. Valgromat board, light grey, varnished 6. Valgromat board, yellow, varnished 7. Valgromat board, dark grey, varnished 8. Valgromat board with water-based stain varnished 9. Yellow RAL coat 10. Treulit, light grey 11. Acoustic ceiling 12. Oak wood 13. Brass sheet 14. Wire glass 15. Matting 16. Matting with rubber 17. Old and new concrete 18. New concrete with white pigment 19. Ribbed wool carpet 20. White tiles

The facade at night, seen from the Sofienberg Park.

Details of the glass facade, seen from the outside.

Details of the glass facade, seen from the inside.

Facade detail, glass fins.

Plan ground floor. 13. Reception 14. Waiting zone and exhibition 15. Stair 16. Main entrance 17. New stair 18. Reception 19. Office 20. Goods delivery to lift 21. Canteen kitchen 22. Mills-shop for staff 23. Servery and seating for canteen 24. Access to side building 25. Ramp to upper mezzanine 26. Upper mezzanine 27. Stair to lower mezzanine

Plan second floor, typical floor plan.29. Meeting room 30. Open cloakrooms 31. Workspaces 32. Meeting room 33. Copier room

Plan lower floor. 1. Kitchen 2. Mobile meeting- and worktable 3. Store 4. Demo kitchen 5. Coffee station, lounge and visitor’s cloakroom 6. Mingling and presentation area 7. Cold store, freezer, dry goods 8. Scrub 9. Plant room 10. Tasting booths 11. Access to computer room and side building 12. Cloakrooms

Sofienberggaten 19, short section. 1. Main entrance, 2. Canteen kitchen, 3. Goods delivery, 4. Cloakroom, storage, 5. Reading room, 6. Workspaces, 7. Internal stair, 8. Meeting room, 9. Plant room, 10. Exisiting backing plant. 11. Ventilation.

Site plan.

The former production facilities for condiments manufacturer Mills in the eastern centre of Oslo have been transformed into modern headquarters for the company, which includes a development kitchen and presentation centre, now clearly visible from the street.

The existing factory building, consisting of a sturdy simple concrete structure with generouc ceiling heights and continuous strip windows, was well suited for transformation into offices. Removing one third of the floor slab at street level brings daylight down into the test kitchen and development centre below. A new stairway connects the communal areas and the offices above. The rough concrete structure has been exposed in the interior and supplemented with new smooth concrete, white tiles and brass sheet. All desks and storage are custom-designed.

Ledsten Arkitektur worked with the client on the programming, the transformation and the interiors, and Element Arkitekter were engaged to do the north façade. The all-glass façade is developed by Element as an art installation, where one- and two-way mirrors stitch together inside and outside views, and finally form the Mills logo across the entire wall.