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Sumit Singhal
Sumit Singhal
Sumit Singhal loves modern architecture. He comes from a family of builders who have built more than 20 projects in the last ten years near Delhi in India. He has recently started writing about the architectural projects that catch his imagination.

AKBANK in Amsterdam, Netherlands by dagli + atélier d’architecture

 
October 19th, 2014 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: dagli + atélier d’architecture

AKBANK is the new Netherlands Headquarters of the AKBANK in the Rembrandt Tower in Amsterdam.
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 targets to activate the spaces around the core by using a generic order. The “windmills”, a conception based on generic design, generate endless rotations around the core. The windmills are used on two levels, an upper and a lower level on which they rotate in opposite directions. The dimension of time, i.e. in this case the motion of the user causes with each new perspective unique impressions of space. The space becomes actual space. The repetition of the concept on all of the four walls and the short distances cause the intuitive will to explore the sculpture.

Image Courtesy © Jörg Hempel Photodesign

Image Courtesy © Jörg Hempel Photodesign

  • Architects: dagli + atélier d’architecture
  • Project: AKBANK
  • Location:  Amsterdam, Netherlands
  • Photography: Jörg Hempel Photodesign
  • CLIENT: Akbank N.V.
  • COMPLETION: Nov 2008
  • SURFACE: 1.000 m²
  • VOLUME: 3.000 m³

Image Courtesy © Jörg Hempel Photodesign

Image Courtesy © Jörg Hempel Photodesign

The 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.

Image Courtesy © Jörg Hempel Photodesign

Image Courtesy © Jörg Hempel Photodesign

At dagli+, we believe that a consequent design gives the firm the opportunity to identify itself through the location. 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 understandable for the public. That’s why we realized the AKBANK agency using the unitary color and shape concept that generates with its neutral colors a modern-calm, sovereign organized impression.

Image Courtesy © Jörg Hempel Photodesign

Image Courtesy © Jörg Hempel Photodesign

dagli + atelier d’architecture is a young Luxembourg based contemporary architecture and design firm founded and owned by Türkan Dagli. Since 2005, dagli+ is managed by Türkan Dagli and Mathias Eichhorn.

Image Courtesy © Jörg Hempel Photodesign

Image Courtesy © Jörg Hempel Photodesign

Image Courtesy © Jörg Hempel Photodesign

Image Courtesy © Jörg Hempel Photodesign

Image Courtesy © Jörg Hempel Photodesign

Image Courtesy © Jörg Hempel Photodesign

Image Courtesy © Jörg Hempel Photodesign

Image Courtesy © Jörg Hempel Photodesign

Image Courtesy © Jörg Hempel Photodesign

Image Courtesy © Jörg Hempel Photodesign

Image Courtesy © Jörg Hempel Photodesign

Image Courtesy © Jörg Hempel Photodesign

Image Courtesy © Jörg Hempel Photodesign

Image Courtesy © Jörg Hempel Photodesign

Image Courtesy © Jörg Hempel PhotodesignImage Courtesy © Jörg Hempel Photodesign

Image Courtesy © Jörg Hempel PhotodesignImage Courtesy © Jörg Hempel Photodesign

Image Courtesy © Jörg Hempel Photodesign

Image Courtesy © Jörg Hempel Photodesign

Image Courtesy © Jörg Hempel Photodesign

Image Courtesy © Jörg Hempel Photodesign

Image Courtesy © Jörg Hempel Photodesign

Image Courtesy © Jörg Hempel Photodesign

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