Swedes win race to build new Statoil offices

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Swedes win race to build new Statoil offices
E = mc² by Wingårdh's, viewed from the south. Photo: Statoil

Just a year and half after its award-winning Oslo offices were completed, Norwegian state oil company Statoil has hired a Swedish architecture firm to build yet another set of stunning offices, this time in Stavanger.


Statoil selected Wingårdh's striking slanted, elliptical tower over rival proposals by three Norwegian firms -- Helen & Hard, Snøhetta and Space Group (who teamed up with Foster + Partners). 
Dutch architects OMA were also in the running. 
Wingårdh's proposal, named “E = mc²”, won over its rivals on largely practical considerations with Statoil praising its "highly area-efficient building shape" and good economics. 
"In our view this project provides us with the best land utilization, best economy and the best architectural and functional solutions,” says Arne Sigve Nylund, executive vice president, Development and Production Norway (DPN), and location manager in Stavanger.
Here's what it will look like from the side: 



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