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Tuesday
Apr192011

Designer Banking

I'm so very glad design is making its way into everyday institutions like banks. Isn't it about time your savings have a stylish depository to be live in? If I was walking by and looked through the window into this fabulous space, I'd never think it belongs to a financial institution. These slick and futuristic interiors are the flagship offices of the Raiffeisen Bank in Zurich. Designed by the multidisciplinary collective of designers NAU, this space is one of a new wave of designer banks sprouting throughout Europe that is changing a sterile image and creating a welcoming and refreshed atmosphere for their customers.

The fluid design creates an easy to navigate space that welcomes its customers with oversized portraits of past illustrious residents of the area milled into wall panels along the walls. I love the openness of the space to the walking traffic, exhibiting the radiant white decor through the large glass panels. Also, I think it's great how they used white flowy curtains to add some intimacy and soften the space. This is by far the coolest way of banking I've seen.

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