This is a project by 3XN and it is located at Copenhagen, Denmark. Project's program: Bank head office. There are thirty nine images for Saxo Bank.
Saxo Bank is a young, dynamic, internet bank with a strong presence in online trading of the global capital markets. The new head office in Copenhagen is designed by 3XN.
In spite of the fact that Saxo Banks’s clients primarily meet their bank in cyber space, the physical gesture of the head office is of great importance to the bank’s management, who took a great interest in the design process. This was not only due to the client’s interest in the creation of a building endowed with iconographic qualities, but also to the conviction that architecture and design plays an important role for staff performance and dedication to the company.
The architecture takes Saxo Bank’s cutting edge profile as its point of departure. Main lines of the structure explore the balance between dynamic expression and trustworthy solidity, executed with an eye to the framework constituted by planning constraints and intentions. Conceived as two logs facing their gable ends to the canal, joined together by a retracted glass façade, the Saxo Bank building combines curves and sharp angles in a new interpretation of modern seaside architecture. Colours of the sea and the sky in the green glass and white façade elements interchange in the cut-up structure with a lot of X-shapes reminiscent of the letter X in the name of the Bank. Façades are carried out as double curved glass walls.
Inside, a transparent and inspiring environment enhances the sense of team spirit. The open plans centre round a softly shaped top-lit atrium with a winding main staircase. The trading floor located at the top of the building contains state of the art technology and a highly international staff of professional bankers.
Awards: RIBA International Award 2009