Sparkasse Güntzplatz, Dresden (bank)

Interior construction at branch; conference rooms and executive area

Completion 1996

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The bank building at Dresden’s Güntzplatz is a dramatic convergence of traditional and contemporary architecture. Deutsche Werkstätten Hellerau realised interior construction in the branch, conference rooms and executive area. The interior design is characterised by clear, simple lines, form following function, and a very conscious use of light. The pieces created by Deutsche Werkstätten Hellerau include the panelling and cabinet fronts for the executive area and conference rooms comprising elegant black, fluted surfaces atop glass-beaded stainless steel bases. These appointments are in appealing contrast to the light maple parquet. Our direction of the project also involved its coordination, entailing the developing of rational solutions to all technical problems in rounds of discussions held together with the subcontractors (primarily glass and stainless steel processors), similar to the Bayer AG, Leverkusen, project. The conference room area of the bank is only separated from the main customer area by a 115 square metre glass wall. Whilst this solution underscores the transparency of the premises, it also proved a challenge in construction: with a ceiling height of 4.23 metres, the technical glass treatment options were limited. A special door handle element was designed for the sliding glass doors.

Text: Anke Müller
Photo: Bernadette Grimmenstein