Seriously Cool Offices: Saxo Bank
A spaceman, a racing car and a giant chess set ΓÇô not the sorts of things youΓÇÖd usually expect to find in the offices of a bank. But then Saxo Bank decided to break with convention when they designed their offices in Copenhagen.
A workplace to be proud of
Since 2008, leading online trading and investment specialist Saxo has been building up a collection of modern and contemporary art to display in its offices. At its Copenhagen headquarters, unusual contemporary artworks spring up in the most unexpected places, from the sculpture of a kneeling spaceman in a breakout area, to an oversized chess set in the corridor.
Their idea behind the design was to create a space which would inspire pride in employees ΓÇô a key part of the companyΓÇÖs ethos and one of its seven core values.
Investing in employees
ItΓÇÖs easy to assume that going to such expense is part of a strategy to impress its clients, but as most customer interaction takes place online, the art in SaxoΓÇÖs offices is largely for the enjoyment of its employees.
In displaying art throughout the workplace, they make their employees the unofficial custodians of the collection; a gesture of trust which is designed to boost employeesΓÇÖ sense of ownership within the company and to foster a sense of pride.
Encouraging independent thinking
Another of SaxoΓÇÖs seven core values is independence. As the bankΓÇÖs website says; ΓÇ£Saxo Bank respects and learns from its employeesΓÇÖ and stakeholdersΓÇÖ ideas and encourages independent thinking to solve problems.ΓÇ¥ By breaking with the traditional expectations of financial companies, its art-filled offices are a reminder of the value which it places on individual thinking.
Extraordinary and significant
ThatΓÇÖs the criteria which Saxo uses for choosing the pieces it displays in its offices. ItΓÇÖs why they have a Tyrannosaurus rex sculpture standing in the centre of their staff restaurant and a diving board sculpture overhanging the atrium. Most importantly, it sends a clear message that Saxo Bank sets high standards.
Ever-evolving workplace environment
The Copenhagen offices are an ever-evolving design. New works are added to the collection each year to reflect the bankΓÇÖs growth. As well as reinforcing the sense of success, it also means that SaxoΓÇÖs employees can never get complacent about their amazing work environment.
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