Following the completion of DSV’s headquarters in Hedehusene in 2014, PLH were appointed to design DSV’s new office in Warsaw. Like the company’s headquarters, DSV Warsaw was to be realized in the same architectural vision – with a strong identity that supports DSV as a brand, emphasizing their Scandinavian roots.
There are several themes that are coordinated between the two buildings. In the Danish headquarters, PLH have visualized DSV’s branding of ‘one company – one DSV’ in a simple square building, consisting of a large room where all employees are considered equal. The same is true in Warsaw: spread across 7 floors and designed around an open, central atrium, the building hosts numerous meeting rooms, informal cafes, work spaces, and spaces for social interaction. All of which come together to facilitate a social and open working environment with close cooperation, flat hierarchy and short chains of command.
Another close similarity between DSV Warsaw and DSV’s headquarters is the choice of materiality – light and natural materials dominate the building’s interior, whilst natural light is drawn into the building. From its exterior, the building is instantly identifiable through its rounded corners and indistinctive metal façade.
Steen Enrico Andersen
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