Branch Bank in Hettingen/ Ecker Architekten


Architects: Ecker Architekten
Location: Heidelberg,
Client: Sparkasse Neckartal-Odenwald
Construction Area: 100 sqm
Project year: 2006-2007
Photographs: Constantin Mayer, Köln

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A new glass banking pavilion for Hettingen signals an investment in the future of the community. The transparency of the façade invites bank clientele while confidently demonstrating state-of-the-art security measures. The modern building contrasts markedly with the surrounding residential zone of traditional houses and gardens. Hand-polished aluminum curtain walls suspend glass panes of 3.7 meters in height. The flat roof edge conceals exterior sun-shades. The timeless, modern appearance extends through the building interiors.



A free-standing cabinet wall conceals all of the technical functions of the bank, and gives character to the spaces for customer service and private transactions. The building is supported by six cruciform columns, and lighting, cooling and security monitoring devices are concealed in a plenum above a ceiling of fine aluminum louvers. With this new building, the bank has re-established its presence in this traditional town with a decidedly modern architecture.

Cite: "Branch Bank in Hettingen/ Ecker Architekten" 31 Jul 2009. ArchDaily. Accessed 30 May 2015. <>
  • Jim Strapko

    German Glass Bank Box: – Security, Transparency (needed in banking), Shades – cool

  • ArchitecturePassion

    Branch Bank in Hettingen/ Ecker Architekten: Architects: Ecker Architekten
    Location: Heidelberg, Germany
    Client: Sparkas

  • marian

    Clean and straight I like the way functions blend!

  • Tom in London

    This is the dullest-looking building I’ve seen in a long time.

  • gitzysh taughholtz

    i like the ground floor, but the building seems so hard, even it has a lot of interesting features.i don’t know

  • Steele

    Quite an amazing little building! Very beautiful. try building something like this in small town America. It would never happen.