Banking works better with transparency. Transparency obviously helps build faith and trust. Using this as the central idea behind this design, the Swedbank in Stockholm is as transparent as a bank could get, literally. The bank’s headquarters in Stockholm spreading across 484,000-square-foot uses glass for its façade, letting in natural light through the day time. Designed by Danish architectural firm 3XN, the entire building uses glass, including the lower levels. Conference rooms and the restaurant too are clearly visible from the outside. To get to the higher levels, two spiral staircases lie in the middle of the bank’s building.
Scheduled to reach completion by 2013, this bank looks beautiful and is a leap away from the intimidating old bank structures we’ve seen before, that scare us into saving up. Breaking in does seem like a piece of cake though!
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