Milanese architect Mario Bellini has designed new architecture for the headquarters of the Deutsche Bank in Frankfort, Germany. The design consist a large sphere made of steel inside the entrance, between the two towers which are landmark for the financial centre of Frankfort. Following is some information provided by the architect, “The towers used to be a landmark for the financial centre of Frankfurt/Main and to belong to the city skyline. This came as a tremendous challenge to us, the architects, as we had to give the bank a radically new building touching as less as possible its exterior”.
“You can see the inside of the foyer from the outside of the building: the sphere, the bridges, and the lower part of the towers. This new piazza-foyer now has become a part of the towers, just as the foyer now has become a part of the city. We managed to connect city and towers. The actual entrance is now five times the size it used to be, with a transparent portal measuring 14 meters in height. Upon entering the building the visitors can see an astonishing hanging sphere, connecting two towers rising up through a round roof window, 18 meters wide. To me this is the very heart of our work”.
“The sphere with the crossing bridges, like an art installation, is the new centre-piece of the whole. They represent an endless flow of energy, just like in a galaxy forces rotating around a centre. It is a metaphor for the Deutsche Bank of today: nothing is static, nothing is symmetrical: everything expresses a dynamic attitude”.