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Interior design of the Västerås planning office

Client: Västerås City Planning Office
Area: 700 m2
Completed: July 2014
Photo: Johan Fowelin

This is a reconstruction and interior design for the Västerås City Planning Office in the city hall building. The city hall, designed by Sven Ahlbom, is today considered a historic building so the proposal aims to respect its cultural status.

The focus of the interior design has been to support and harmonize with the building’s characteristic features. The pattern work of the reconstruction proposal draws from those found in the stairwells today and the color choices are typical of the period. The furniture matches the light wood grain found in the wall panels and doors.
 
One of the most important questions for the design and planning has been about creating an exciting environment that is both creative and functional. The workstations have been placed along the windows while the various office functions are gathered around the corridor where asymmetrical room layouts go along with the patterns in the carpets. Informal rest spaces and work areas are formed between these rooms. Thanks to a more efficient plan the various sections have come closer to each other and a greater variety of spaces have emerged including different types of sitting areas, single and double rooms and the various interspersed functions that compose the office environment.