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Wed 21.4.

Middelfart Savings Bank by 3xn (DK)

Posted by Nora Schmidt on 21.04.2010 - Tagged as: , , , ,

Middelfart Savings Bank by 3xn, photo by Adam Mørk

The Danish architectural practice 3xn recently unveiled the new building for the Middelfart Savings Bank on te Danish island of Fyn. Internationally renowned artist Olafur Eliasson has created an art installation for the plaza. Six ‘shooting star’ kaleidoscopes inspired by the triangular geometry of the building are lowered into the ground floor granite adding an extra dimension to the structure.
Middelfart Savings Bank’s new head office was awarded the MIPIM Future Projects Award in 2006. It was inaugurated April 16 2010.

Middelfart Savings Bank by 3xn, photo by Adam Mørk

Here is what the architects explain:

“The 83 prism like skylights compose the spectacular roof surface defining the geometry of the rest of the building – in reference to the maritime environment on the harbor front as well as the surrounding timber framed buildings. The roof is designed to frame a perfect view towards the Lillebælt waters as well with a functional purpose of shading from direct sunlight.
Under the roof different functions such as a bookshop, a café, a real estate agent and the cash desk are placed around a central plaza, resulting in the building forming an informal public meeting space.”

Middelfart Savings Bank by 3xn, photo by Adam Mørk

Large Energy Savings
“With these thermoactive concrete elements it is possible to reduce the energy consumption for heating by 30 percent and the energy consumption for cooling and mechanical ventilation by up to 85 percent; in total, an energy saving of 30-50 percent. This is due to the fact that the system allows for better use of alternative supply sources, i.e. the plant can operate as a lowtemperature floor heating system during winter, based upon heat-driven heat pumps, and during summer, the cool night air, soil tubes, ground water or sea water can be used for cooling. The system is partly self-regulating as water for heating and/or cooling is circulated with a temperature only a few degrees from the desired room temperature, and this is the key to the large energy savings. In addition to energy savings the capital costs were lower due to the reduced needs for cooling and heating.”

Middelfart Savings Bank by 3xn, photo by Adam Mørk

Middelfart Savings Bank by 3xn, photo by Adam Mørk

Middelfart Savings Bank by 3xn, photo by Adam Mørk

Client: Trekantens Ejendomsselskab A/S
Award: 1. prize in invited competition 2005
Completion: 2010
Size: 5.000 m2
Architect: 3XN
Engineer: COWI
Landscape Architect: Schønherr
Prize: MIPIM AR Future Projects Award 2006


to the 3xn profile @ Architonic

Olafur Eliasson, Notion Motion, 2005, donation: H&F Patronage 2005, material: wood, rubber, lamps, water, 3240 x 1034 cm (L x B)

He is the master monumental atmospheres. For those who did not have the chance to visit ‘Notion Motion’ by the Icelandic-Danish artist Olafur Eliasson in 2005, the Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen provides another opportunity to see this monumental installation in the museum’s large exhibition spaces. The 1500m2 installation is made up almost entirely of ripples of water reflected in light, in which Eliasson visualizes light waves.

Olafur Eliasson, Notion Motion, 2005, donation: H&F Patronage 2005, material: wood, rubber, lamps, water, 3240 x 1034 cm (L x B)

Notion Motion was developed specially for Museum Boijmans van Beuningen and was donated to the museum in 2005 by H+F Patronage, founded by the writer and collector, Han Nefkens.

Olafur Eliasson, Notion Motion, 2005, donation: H&F Patronage 2005, material: wood, rubber, lamps, water, 3240 x 1034 cm (L x B)

Olafur Eliasson, Notion Motion, 2005, donation: H&F Patronage 2005, material: wood, rubber, lamps, water, 3240 x 1034 cm (L x B)

The installation will be showcased from 22 May – 17 October 2010.


to the Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen website

Starbrick by Olafur Eliasson at the Art Miami

'Starbrick' by Olafur Eliasson at the Art Miami

Art Basel Miami Beach is the most important art exhibition in the United States. From 3 – 6 December 2009 the Austrian lighting manufacturer Zumtobel will present its innovative lighting solutions and selected masterpieces in this exclusive setting, e.g. the Starbrick Masterpiece, which was created in collaboration with world-renowned artist Olafur Eliasson, at the Art Collectors Lounge.

Starbrick by Olafor Eliasson for Zumtobel

'Starbrick' by Olafor Eliasson for Zumtobel

“The Starbrick is a fascinating experiment with light modulation and space. In recent years, Olafur Eliasson’s studio has performed a series of lighting experiments in collaboration with Zumtobel. During one of those experiments they decided to test different qualities and hues of LED light, placed within the individual modules, which eventually resulted in the current Starbrick. Its LEDs are organised to emit white light while also creating a luminous yellow and kaleidoscopic core in the shape of a cubeoctahedron. The LEDs are dimmable and have various light settings, offering both functional and ambient light.”

Starbrick by Olafor Eliasson for Zumtobel

'Starbrick' by Olafor Eliasson for Zumtobel

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