PLH Arkitekter has designed a new layout which transforms the office space at Maersk Drilling’s headquarters. Newspaper Børsen calls the project “an office revolution”.

These days, employees at Maersk Drilling’s headquarters in Lyngby, Denmark, are settling in at their redesigned office space. Danish business newspaper Børsen has covered the project and calls PLH’s innovate design “an office revolution”.

Nikolaj Svane, Chief Strategy and People Officer at Maersk Drilling tells Børsen: "Our experience is that the new layout works very well. We have to create an environment that makes coming to the office a pleasure.”

The design is tailored to support the company’s goal of becoming more agile, creative and adaptable. The aim is to use the office’s square meters more intelligently and facilitate a better, more effective collaboration between colleagues.

A brand-new dynamic

The new layout seeks to provide optimal conditions for virtual work methods and digital interaction between colleagues. At the same time, it has been designed so that the interior can be easily adapted if the company’s requirements change. The result is an office environment that is future-proof, innovative and helps to retain skilled employees – as well as attract new talent.

With the project, PLH partner Paulette Christophersen har pioneered a new approach to office space by introducing activity-based work zones: “We wanted a new dynamic instead of fixed seating. Basically, the office has now been divided into a number of Home Zones with each employee belonging to one specific Home Zone. At Maersk Drilling we decided on four Home Zones but in other organizations the number could have been different,” explains Paulette Christophersen.

Remarkably, the transformation has taken place without major procurements. Furniture has been recycled but reconfigured and strategically supplemented with new lighting and equipment to give each activity zone unique functions and identity – and to reflect Maersk Drilling’s future ways of working.

Read more about the project here