Roof in three dimensions
3XNs visionary and empathetic winning proposal unites Middelfart savings Bank’s high ambitions for their new head office. The building must ensure a perfect environment for the employees, while also positively stress demands for high architectural quality in the future development along the harbour front.
The three dimensional roof covers all functions in the building. The roof is a large elegant structure with numerous openings. The openings bring in abundant amounts of daylight and allow for direct view of the sea from all places in the building, up and down. In this way, the light and friendly atmosphere sought for by the bank is achieved.
Spatial façade geometry
During the past few years, 3XNs work has explored the area of spatial and dynamic facades. Facades where form, light, shading, reliefs, and three-dimensionality are the binding elements.
‘The projects out of our studio build upon each other. The experiences of each project allow us to refine and develop concepts in the next project. There is no doubt that the experience from GXN has already influenced the studios work in a direction which is more detailed and expressive in a dynamic way,’ says Kim Herforth Nielsen, Principal and Partner at 3XN.
The eye catching façades signal a change in the studio’s architectural direction. Middelfart Savings Bank and Horten Law Office are the first realized examples of this shift. The completion of the buildings also signifies the conclusion of several years of concentrated development in façade engineering and focus on contemporary building techniques. A journey filled with challenge and innovation has ensured that complex forms and designs do not compromise the original architectural intentions.
New technology gives rise to new architecture
Throughout time, architecture has reflected our society’s technological capacity. The advances of the last century’s Industrial Revolution where instantly seen with the introduction of modernism – which build on the possibilities in standardization and mass production. As we’ve moved forward into a new century, digital architecture has brought completely new possibilities, where individuality and complexity have returned to architecture.
Today, production facilities are no longer filled with manual labour – but instead replaced by automated processes which work digitally and operate with high precision. This shift in production has changed the way we build. In a modern building process digital drawings are used throughout, from design to production, which has brought architects, engineers and the manufacturers closer together.
By learning from other industries we have learned how to realize digital designs and complex geometry in architecture. Thus, buildings designed with the logics of standardization can be replaced with buildings with a much richer level of unique details and customized spatiality - a complex but rational mass production.