The BW-Bank branch office in Stuttgart’s Königstraße reopened in February 2012 after being converted to plans created by Wittfoht Architekten. When seeking a new spatial concept for the branch in the extended rectangular building, the planners chose the circle as a structuring element: it is destined to symbolize the bank’s smooth workflow and client contacts. And as regards the financial industry it metaphorically reflects banking cycles.
The circle as a design element is to be found in all levels of the building. On the ground floor there is a round opening in the middle of the ceiling affording a view up into the floors above. Three differently sized luminescent rings hang from the ceiling, reiterating and advancing the structural principle of the circle, through to the cylinder-shaped vitrines of the Coins Chamber on the upper floor, the base of which is made of HI-MACS® natural acrylic stone from LG in a Lucent Opal color.
On entering the lobby, the color coding and the design guides visitors to the reception desk, the cash desks and the service areas – all of which are likewise made of HI-MACS®. The room dividers, pillars and counter tops are also produced from this thermally molded material – processed by Rosskopf & Partner for the Stuttgart BW-Bank branch office.
HI-MACS® is similar in strength to stone, but can be worked like in wood and is especially suited for designing seamless spatial elements.
Rosskopf & Partner, which manufactured the HI-MACS construction elements for BW-Bank’s Stuttgart branch, specializes in the processing of solid surface materials.