Work Spaces DEUTSCHE BANK
1989-1995
GERMANY

In 1989 Deutsche Bank launched a competition for redesigning its subsidiaries, calling four renowned European architectural firms. With the slogan "privacy and transparency", Michele De Lucchi's studio was the winner and the bank applies the interior design in the restructuring of over 300 agencies, the first realization is in Frankfurt, the most important in Hannover.

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In 1989 Deutsche Bank launched a competition for redesigning its subsidiaries, calling four renowned European architectural firms. With the slogan "privacy and transparency", Michele De Lucchi's studio was the winner and the bank applies the interior design in the restructuring of over 300 agencies, the first realization is in Frankfurt, the most important in Hannover.
The new layout provides for a new arrangement of functional areas. The lobby entrance, equipped with self-service equipment, is separated from the customer service hall, with counter and offices, through a curtain made up of consulting rooms. These are the real core of the project, the basic element is a self-supporting S-shaped wall that contains the vertical work station. These "S walls" alternate with the glass walls, eventually sliding and silk-screened in the central part to maintain privacy without losing the transparency effect. At the center of the space is a round table with chairs, ideal for sales meetings. The room is a self-standing modular piece of furniture, always independent from both the floor and the ceiling, and therefore allows for various compositions inside the agency. One of the most adopted layout solutions is to arrange the consulting rooms around a central space, creating a sort of internal square.
The materials used are natural with glass, wood, stone and aluminum. The elements are characterized by a great formal simplicity that makes the industrial production of the individual components possible. Thanks to a special manual, assembly and installation of the components can proceed only with the supervision of the local technical offices.

PROJECT
Michele De Lucchi

PROJECT TEAM
Nicholas Bewick, Hanno Giesler, Denise Houx, Angelo Micheli, Michele Rossi, Christian Schneider, Taku Arai and Jonathan Barnes

CLIENT
Deutsche Bank

CHRONOLOGY
1989-1995

PHOTOGRAPHY
Matteo Piazza

SKETCH
Michele De Lucchi