The topic of this blog is a conceptual architectural design for a new bank building.

Assumed client: PlaNet Finance
Program: social banking, secondary headquarters
Site: Geneva

Friday, December 19, 2008

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Thursday, December 11, 2008

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Sunday, December 7, 2008

Thursday, December 4, 2008

Energy and structure concept

structure axo:

polar bear effect, by installing translucent isolation on the outside of the south facade:

the east and west sided curtain wall facades are operable for air flow control in the summer:

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Thursday, November 27, 2008

Working the grid

new steel grid pattern

grid deformation tests

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Saturday, November 22, 2008

3D model update

Bibliography update

Amazon just delivered my new must-read and must-have, the dissolution of structure and ornament:

Douglis; Autogenic Structures

goto: Bibliography

Friday, November 21, 2008

Thursday, November 20, 2008

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Sunday, November 16, 2008

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Thursday, November 6, 2008


A steel construction sandwich, consisting of the facade, circulation elements and a Vierendel'ish framework is pierced by the room volumes and will be adjusted structurally to the generated irregularities.

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Facade strategies

The two strategies for the calmer frontal facade

The back facade will dissolve more into the "florality" behind it than the front.

The strategy for the short facades is a crispy folded curtain wall, to prevent it from reading as one big planar surface.

Saturday, November 1, 2008

Thursday, October 30, 2008


The program consists of three main hubs:

Bank - clients e.g. private insolvency *cellular spaces*

Headquarters - including a museum/infopool on the company and on micro loans *spaces with high transparency*

Short term living - for the visiting employees from branches in other countries *private spaces*

The Program creates a diverse circulation, different access points with different levels of security.

Thursday, October 23, 2008

Section diagram

Section diagram: the ornament will become the rooms, which will also articulate themselves on the outside surface of the block facade
Architectural reference Wall House #2/Bye House by John Hejduk:

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Site analysis

Site analysis, client: Planet Finance

Massing strategy, program analysis

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Volumetric Ornament

I developed a method of drafting, cutting, folding and modelling, that I now want to bring into an architectural scale:
Unfolding drawings
Plan using a circle packing algorithm for the 50x70cm test model

Friday, October 17, 2008

New precedents

Frauenschuh - the alpine orchid
Interesting folding as well as patterning and some evilness

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Tuesday, October 14, 2008


First Task is to find an approach to the ambivalence of the security and transparency issues in a bank building. My proposal is a decorated block as the traditional bank typology that is engaged and transformed by it's ornament from the inside outward. According to this diagram i will develope a technique of articulation and volumetric forming to establish new relationships with the urban surrounding and the inside spaces of the building.
Diagram: ornament engaging the block, pop-up effect to celebrate opening of the case

Precedents: aesthetic ambitions, next step: volumetric ornament
Unfolded plan and model pics

Thursday, October 9, 2008


Texts I'm interested in this term:

Aranda and Lasch; Tooling
Douglis; Argument for Ornament
Lynn and Rappolt; Greg Lynn Form
Moussavi; The Function of Ornament
Reiser and Umemoto; Atlas of Novel Tectonics
Sachs; Nature Design
Vidler; From Anything to Biothing

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Studio Research

From the studio research I chose the "decorated block" as my typological starting point:

Louis Sullivan, Merchants National Bank, 1914