|3XN - Middelfart Savings Bank in Middelfart, Denmark|
|Tuesday, 24 May 2011 19:00|
We are re-issuing an article we posted back last year about this project by 3XN that just won the 2011 Royal Institute of British Architect’s (RIBA) European Award. 3XN sent us for that occasion some new photographs that we added to our original article.
Middlefart is a small Danish town on the island of Fyn. Middelfart Savings Bank had high ambitions for its recently inaugurated head office. The building needed to ensure a perfect environment for the employees, while positively stressing demands for high architectural quality in the future development along the neighbouring harbour front.
3XN’s design is characterized by a large roof that covers all functions in the building. The roof is a large elegant wooden structure with 83 prism like skylights.
The openings bring in abundant amounts of daylight and allow for direct view of the sea from all places in the building, up and down. In this way, the light and friendly atmosphere sought for by the bank is achieved. The roof is designed to frame a perfect view towards the Lillebælt waters as well with a functional purpose of shading from direct sunlight.
The new building is carefully fitted into the context. To one side, the village is respected by following dimensions, scale and the shape of the roof. Towards the harbour the building retracts and makes way for a new, triangular space that opens for the view. From the plaza, one enters a large, indoor ‘market place’, the heart of the building. At entrance level, a bookshop, a café and a real estate agent – and the cash desk – is placed.
The rest of the bank’s area is spread at a series of terraces with open connections to the plaza – and to each other. The terraces are connected by spacious staircases that provide good opportunities for the important informal meeting.
- Middelfart Savings Bank is a social institution and they feel a great responsibility for their local area. We wanted to reflect that by creating a social space which embraces the city and the inhabitants as well as the bank itself, explains Kim Herforth Nielsen, Principal of 3XN who designed the building.
Thermoactive Hydronic Elements
Plans and Section
Address: Havnegade 21, Middelfart
Client: Trekantens Ejendomsselskab A/S
Award: 1. prize in invited competition 2005
Landscape Architect: Schønherr
Photographs by Adam Mørk
3XN - Middelfart Savings Bank in Middelfart, Denmark
|Last Updated on Wednesday, 25 May 2011 07:48|