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Thursday, April 22, 2010

Swedbank Head Office, Vilnius, Lithuania

Swedbank head office takes root in Vilnius
Designed by Audrius Ambrasas Architects, Swedbank‘s new head office building in Vilnius is located in a recently developed but rapidly growing political, commercial and recreational area of the Lithuanian capital, on the right bank of the Neris River. The location of the building created a number of challenges for the architects.

Audrius Ambrasas commented: “We wanted the building to become an integral part of the development of the Neris River right bank, completing it in an original way designing the space around it without becoming the centre of attention.”

The building consists of two main parts. The first is two 15 and 16 storey structures and the second is a lower structure, comprising of two blocks - the broken-lined parterre and the regular four-storey administrative office. The building has a 4500 sq m terrace, constructed on the stylobate part, offering views of the river.

The ground floor, under the terrace, opens into a wide one-piece space. It comprises a café for 150 visitors, both employees and guests of the bank, and also an auditorium for an audience of 150 people and a reading room, in addition to the customer servicing centre and the business centre.

The finish on the blank facade walls has been created by using stainless-metal plates polished in different directions. The ornamental effect was obtained by varying the plate polishing direction which makes the facade look multi-coloured.

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