dagli + atelier d’architecture - AKBANK in Amsterdam Print
Wednesday, 12 August 2009 07:46

dagli + atelier d’architecture is a young Luxembourg based contemporary architecture and design office founded and owned by Türkan Dagli.
During the design process, it is most important to us to research on the identity of our client, to analyze it and to merge it together with the architecture into a unity. The building, the utilization and the identity (the image) of the client become one, the architecture with its shapes and colors must create a sovereign - professional image (representation) to the exterior. Thereby the value of the realty as well as the corporate Identity of the client gets boosted.


The key element for the design is the concrete core of the building. The architects focused on creating a sculptural furniture element around the core, transforming it into the “core object”. The design is based on illuminated horizontal stripes or bands bordering the core walls. In some specific areas, the bands grow larger and swell into elements. The arrangement of those elements follows a wind-mill shape, with the upper elements rotating clockwise, the lower elements rotating counter-clockwise around the core. The combination of illuminated stripes reflecting in the glossy surfaces and the rotation in opposite directions create the different shapes and layers of material that finally create a fully self-contained object, the core object.
Turkan_AKBank_03Turkan_AKBank_05The sculpture origins inside the concrete core in the elevator hall with an illuminated corian logo wall inviting visitors to step into the lounge of the bank. The dynamic shapes of the logo wall generate a certain motion that moves along the four sides of the concrete core, doing a 360° rotation. The swollen-out elements integrate functions such as wardrobes or storage cabinets in order to create the guiding and visual benchmark aspect of the sculpture.

At dagli+, we believe that a consequent design gives the firm with its employees the opportunity to identify itself through the design, which finally leads to a valorization of the realty. A consequent design means for us to create and develop an architectural concept for the building and the design objects. It is crucial to make this concept readable for the public. That’s why we realized the AKBANK agency using the unitary color and shape concept that generates with its neutral colors and shapes a modern-calm, sovereign organized impression.

The fusion of the corporate identity, the design, furniture and employees creates a convincing new identity of the AKBANK for the public.
Project Details:

Architect: dagli + atélier d'architecture, Luxembourg.
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Project architect: mathias eichhorn
Client: Akbank N.V.
Location:  Rembrandt Tower, Amstelplein 1, 1096 HA Amsterdam
Completed in Nov 2008
Area: 1.000 m²

STANDARD FURNITURE: Fritz Hansen, Walter Knoll, Citteriospa, Vitra, La Palma, Svoboda

PHOTOGRAPHER: Jörg Hempel Photodesign   www.joerg-hempel.de

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