The SAS Head Office - Spatial Configuration and Interaction Patterns

Tadeusz Grajewski


Interaction is identified as a key office activity, making the most of the knowledge and expertise invested in individuals. This paper describes the investigation of the head office of the Scandinavian Airlines System (SAS) in Stockholm, abuilding specifically designed to promote interaction. Space Syntax techniques were used to analyse the interior layout, whilst direct observations provided data on interaction levels and locations. The building was found to be strongly interactive, but not in the ways envisaged by its designer or the occupying organisation. The results from the study are compared with an international sample of buildings. General relationships and design principles are described.

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