Sugamo Shinkin Bank / Tokiwadai branch by Emmanuelle Moureaux Architecture + Design
The French-born, Japan-based architect Emmanuelle Moureaux has realised this joyful three-storey Tokiwadai branch of a Japanese Sugamo Shinkin Bank. Featuring a distinctive white façade punctured by numerous, variously-sized windows and incorporating a reoccurring theme of leaf motifs, the building aims to provide the visiting clients with ‘a natural, rejuvenating feeling.’ (more…)
'Volksbank Gifhorn' by Stephan Braunfels Architekten; photo by Olaf Mahlstedt
Having won the competition in 2009, the Berlin-based practice Stephan Braunfels Architekten have recently completed the new financial and services centre building for Volksbank Gifhorn bank. Located in the east of Lower Saxony in the town of Gifhorn, the 1.700-square-meter structure is composed from two, diagonally positioned to each other buildings. Characterised by a minimalist, exposed concrete walls, red brick facade and offset windows which trim the opposite edges of each building, the development echoes the archetypal form of the gabled house. (more…)
Raiffeisen - Open Lounge by DGJ+NAU; photo by Jan Bitter
This unconventional, futuristic-looking flagship branch of Raiffeisen bank has been recently completed by two Swiss architectural practices DGJ and NAU. Developed around the idea of an ‘open bank’, the clean, streamlined interior serves as ‘an open lounge where customers can learn about new products and services’ within a more casual, interaction-encouraging atmosphere. (more…)
Swedbank’s New International Headquarters by 3XN
The Danish architectural practice 3XN recently got the commission to design the new headquarter of Swedbank at Sundbyberg Stad near Stockholm. The building is expected to be finished by the end of 2013.
The facades are carried out as double curved glass walls.
The new headquarters of the young internet bank Saxo Bank in Copenhagen by the architects of 3XN is once more an example of iconographic and less moderate façade design. The triangular façade’s panels, which create a dynamic pattern, are made of both glass and white aluminium.
Detail of the façade
Nevertheless the 22,700 sqm building doesn´t lose its human scale. A central staircase spiralling up to the glass roof is supposed to be an important “social element where you meet each other […] and when it is so inviting, people use it more”, says Kim Herforth Nielsen.
The central staircase
Good use of daylight
more info at the 3XN website