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Middelfart Savings Bank / 3XN

  • 01:00 - 21 April, 2010
Middelfart Savings Bank / 3XN
Middelfart Savings Bank / 3XN, © Adam Mørk
© Adam Mørk

© Adam Mørk © Adam Mørk © Adam Mørk © Adam Mørk +29

  • Architects

  • Location

    Middelfart, Denmark
  • Architects

    3XN
  • Engineering

    COWI
  • Landscape Architects

    Schønherr
  • Client

    Trekantens Ejendomsselskab A/S
  • Competition Year

    2005
  • Area

    5000.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2010
  • Photographs

From the architect. 3XNs visionary and empathetic winning proposal unites the Middelfart savings Bank’s high ambitions for their new head office. The building must ensure a perfect environment for the employees, while also positively stress demands for high architectural quality in the future development along the harbour front.

One large roof covers all functions in the building. The roof is a large elegant wooden structure with numerous openings. The openings bring in abundant amounts of daylight and allow for direct view of the sea from all places in the building, up and down. In this way, the light and friendly atmosphere sought for by the bank is achieved.

© Adam Mørk
© Adam Mørk

The 83 prism like skylights compose the spectacular roof surface defining the geometry of the rest of the building – in reference to the maritime environment on the harbor front as well as the surrounding timber framed buildings. The roof is designed to frame a perfect view towards the Lillebælt waters as well with a functional purpose of shading from direct sunlight.

© Adam Mørk
© Adam Mørk

The new building is carefully fitted into the context. To one side, the village is respected by following dimensions, scale and the shape of the roof. Towards the harbour the building retracts and makes way for a new, triangular space that opens for the view. From the plaza, one enters a large, indoor ‘market place’, the heart of the building. At entrance level, a bookshop, a café and a real estate agent and the cash desk is placed.

© Adam Mørk
© Adam Mørk

The rest of the bank’s area is spread at a series of terraces with open connections to the plaza and to each other. The terraces are connected by spacious staircases that provide good opportunities for the important informal meeting.

© Adam Mørk
© Adam Mørk

With its central position, the building will become a natural meeting point for clients, staff and visitors. In relation to the surrounding city, a delicate balance has been achieved a beautiful, contemporary and well functioning building that integrates respectfully in the overall picture.

© Adam Mørk
© Adam Mørk

Internationally renowned artist Olafur Eliasson has created an art installation for the plaza. Six ‘shooting star’ kaleidoscopes inspired by the triangular geometry of the building are lowered into the ground floor granite adding an extra dimension to the structure.

© Adam Mørk
© Adam Mørk

Thermoactive Hydronic Elements

In addition to developing a comprehensive and holistic sustainable strategy for each project, the Research & Development department at 3XN scans the marketplace and actively implements latest technologies and sustainable innovations into our projects. Developed through the Danish Technical University, and now a part of the curriculum, the implementation of the latest technologies in energy efficient heating and cooling of buildings for the headquarters of Middelfart Savings Bank has been viewed as groundbreaking. The method utilizes the mass and ability of concrete to adjust the room temperature by absorbing and releasing heat. The method is based upon pre-fabricated concrete decks with embedded plastic pipes.

© Adam Mørk
© Adam Mørk

Large Energy Savings

With these thermoactive concrete elements it is possible to reduce the energy consumption for heating by 30 percent and the energy consumption for cooling and mechanical ventilation by up to 85 percent; in total, an energy saving of 30-50 percent. This is due to the fact that the system allows for better use of alternative supply sources, i.e. the plant can operate as a low- temperature floor heating system during winter, based upon heat-driven heat pumps, and during summer, the cool night air, soil tubes, ground water or sea water can be used for cooling.

The system is partly self-regulating as water for heating and/or cooling is circulated with a temperature only a few degrees from the desired room temperature, and this is the key to the large energy savings. In addition to energy savings the capital costs were lower due to the reduced needs for cooling and heating.

© Adam Mørk
© Adam Mørk
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Wang Haosu · August 19, 2011

Would you give me the email of 3XN?

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frugalista · April 30, 2010

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John Dingle · April 29, 2010

nice intent. However I think that the triangular roofing is a formally mistake - should have been taken further. But nice - Thumbs up

Mohamed Bakr · April 24, 2010

its nice .. but the light roof look like an amazing project in egypt for MUST university at 6th of october city... anyone can see it

Riana Jayanti · April 24, 2010

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Mr. Cheap · April 23, 2010

This is something to take note of, -it is an office complex, that has a totally different typological approach than what one traditionally sees in office projects of this type.

In my opinion, one of the more revolutionary and daring office buildings in this scale.

Big thumbs up.

Nicholas Patten · April 22, 2010

Nicely Designed: Middelfart Savings Bank. http://bit.ly/curHet

ornament and crime · April 22, 2010

Spectacular result, that roof really is something.

Can I just say > Middelfart - HAHAHAHAHA!

sharwe · April 22, 2010

Very special light roof?

disagro · April 21, 2010

Middelfart Savings Bank / 3XN: © Adam Mørk
Architects: 3XN
Location: Middelfart, Denmark
Client: Trekantens Ejendo... http://bit.ly/cHXq6F

ArchitecturePassion · April 21, 2010

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mike eliason · April 21, 2010

RT @thecitylab: Middelfart Savings Bank by 3XN.
Interested to see how the precast thermoactive hydronic elements perform.

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the citylab · April 21, 2010

Middelfart Savings Bank by 3XN.
Interested to see how the precast thermoactive hydronic elements perform.

http://j.mp/9djO37

#archdaily

the citylab · April 21, 2010

Middelfart Savings Bank by 3XN.
Interested to see how the precast thermoactive hydronic elements perform.

http://j.mp/9djO37

#archdaily

Freeman · April 21, 2010

Middelfart Savings Bank by 3XN.
Interested to see how the precast thermoactive hydronic elements perform.

http://j.mp/9djO37

#archdaily

Freeman · April 21, 2010

Middelfart Savings Bank by 3XN.
Interested to see how the precast thermoactive hydronic elements perform.

http://j.mp/9djO37

#archdaily

Architecture+Molding · April 21, 2010

Middelfart Savings Bank / 3XN: © Adam Mørk
Architects: 3XN
Location: Middelfart, Denmark
Client: Trekantens Ejendo... http://bit.ly/cHXq6F

Architecture+Molding · April 21, 2010

Middelfart Savings Bank / 3XN: © Adam Mørk
Architects: 3XN
Location: Middelfart, Denmark
Client: Trekantens Ejendo... http://bit.ly/cHXq6F

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