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  7. Banking Branch in Colmeias / 2L Atelier Arquitectos

Banking Branch in Colmeias / 2L Atelier Arquitectos

  • 01:00 - 22 February, 2013
Banking Branch in Colmeias / 2L Atelier Arquitectos
Banking Branch in Colmeias / 2L Atelier Arquitectos	, © Joao Morgado
© Joao Morgado

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  • Architects

  • Location

    Colmeias, Portugal
  • Architect in Charge

    Eduardo Rodrigues
  • Collaborator

    Carlos Lagoa
  • Engineering

    id2p engenharia
  • Client

    Caixa de Credito de Leiria
  • Area

    200.0 sqm
  • Project Year

  • Photographs

© Joao Morgado
© Joao Morgado

From the architect. With the purpose in requalifying an old building belonging to a derelict industrial area, this project proposes a new concept for a banking branch by presenting an innovative attendance desk design that leads to a new and fresh appearance, language and workplace blueprint, without losing the institution’s identity. This new image needs to be cohesive, simple in its form, identifiable from other institution’s branches, communicative and friendly.

© Joao Morgado
© Joao Morgado

The idea bases itself in the use of two objects: a box, as a reference to the institution, and a desk, becoming the two, protagonists of a story that molds and arranges the surrounding space consisting of approximately 200 m2.

© Joao Morgado
© Joao Morgado

The entry box, an element in sheer stone, transmutes between two identities: a solid and featureless form during the day; a translucent and welcoming sight at night revealing in its interior the institution’s identity.

© Joao Morgado
© Joao Morgado

The desk as the element that delimits space and stipulates the proximity between the client and the bank.

© Joao Morgado
© Joao Morgado

Clearly delineated spaces and objects are created, and monoliths that convey the company’s motto “we of the land” as an idea of solidity, drive the point of the intervention, the purity in geometry, offering aunique experience.

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Nadeen Mohammad Albqoor · February 12, 2015

small and perfect..thx :)

Eva Menino · January 19, 2014

fantastic connection to the elements of local history, I loved the exterior design

Marco Antunes · January 16, 2014


dnprado · February 25, 2013

Very nice relation between areas and space usage. Very nice overall image and impact!
It's always nice to see good projects coming from Portugal!


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