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

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