office VSB Bank
Brache office VSB Bank, offices and conference rooms
In the steel frame of the façad, secondary façade elements like fencing, sunscreens or advertisement can be attached
Commissioned by VSB Bank, Haarlem
Two extremes hem in the location of this bank building. At left, a modest house belongs to downtown Haarlem. To the right a colossal provincial office building looms. There also couldn’t be a greater contrast in materials: small-scale brickwork with wooden frames for doors and windows opposed to prefabricated concrete and aluminium curtain walls.
The front of the bank bridges the differences in size and scale by bolting a steel frame onto the façade. The structural column grid inside becomes visible from the street. In addition, the tubular construction functions as a support for railings, sun screens and graphics.
Glass solves the contrast in materials. Two recessed vertical strips
of glass building blocks on both sides set the bank apart from its
neighbors. The glass elevator shaft links the four floors. The glass
curtain wall facing west demands protection from the sun in the afternoon,
depending on the season. Sometimes the front façade shows what
goes on inside, sometimes it resolutely doesn’t.