Jonsvollskvartalet, Bergen

Jonsvollskvartalet, Bergen

The atrium. Stair between levels 1 and 2.

The atrium during an event held by one of the tenants. The communal areas can also be hired out to external users.

From one of the zones designated for concentrated work. These are located away from the atrium, along the facade, with a view over the city.

Meeting rooms and work zones along the facade. To the left the internal staircase, which is located in the atrium and gives a good overview of what goes on.

View from Teatergaten.

The ground floor canteen.

Jonsvollskvartalet: The reception.

Meeting zones and coffee bars in the atrium.

The atrium. There are open coffee bars on each floor.

Site plan.

Concept for the development of the main volume.

Long section through the block.

Plan 0. 6. Staff restaurant, 7. Kitchen, 8. Deliveries, 9. Stair to meeting area, 10. Ramp to parking, 11. Cloakrooms, 15. Auditorium, 18. Plant room.

Plan 1. 1. Entrance, 2. Reception, 3. Mingling and meeting, 4. Meeting room, 5. Consulting office, 12. Landscape office, 13. Support rooms, 14. Teaching room, 16. Coffee bar.

Plan 5. Typical office floor. 4. Meeting room, 12. Landscape office, 13. Support rooms, 16. Coffee bar.

Section through the double facade. A. Landscape.

Section through rooflight. B. Boardroom, lounge. C. Atrium. D. Plant.

Sparebanken Vest wanted to concentrate their activities in a new building in the centre of Bergen, on a site at the edge between tall post-war blocks and small-scale 18th century houses. Cubus and Brandsberg-Dahl won the limited design competition held in 2008, with three moves that have persisted through the planning process: the building completes the urban fabric and frames a new square; an open façade exposes a lively interior; the atrium is a meeting place for all users. The atrium gathers communal activities and connects with the public areas on ground and first floors, which can be hired out for external functions. The upper office floors are organised with noisy activities around the atrium, and zones for concentration along the façade. All surfaces are designed for optimal light- and sound conditions. The façade design is inspired by water and reflects the traditional Bergen timber houses.


The site is an important part of the cultural axis through the centre of Bergen. The adjacent street has been pedestrianised, and the new square allows for diverse urban activities. The recessed entrance provides a covered outdoor area.


IARK has been responsible for all interior planning, collaborating with architects and users from the very start of the project. A long process of user participation made sure information flowed both ways, so the users would know what to expect from the new building. An aesthetics advisory group with representatives from everyone involved made the final decisions on function, design, colours and materials.