When the architects at the Oslo-based Lerche Arkitekter AS were assigned the task of designing the Norwegian Directorate of Health’s office in Oslo’s city center, they had quite a task ahead of them. Helsedirektoratet’s new 7-story office was going to accommodate 600 employees while allowing for an activity-based working style that through an open office organization and universal design plan would accommodate everyone – regardless of eventual disabilities. Architect Birthe Opstad explains that Lerche AS chose customized Bolon flooring in Create with Bolon By You Grey/Liquorice Grey colour, due to its versatility, as the flooring met the project’s demand of accessibility, sound absorption and ability to use different patterns and colours to guide and mark different zones and spaces within the office.
Photographer: Stine Østby
Read more about universal design and how flooring can be used to accommodate everyone here.