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|Title:||DESA1002 'Continuous City' Emily MacAlpine|
Architecture & Allied Arts
|Abstract:||Bank of Venice Venice was traditionally a very wealthy city leading to the introduction of the first banks by the influential Medici family. It is only fitting that given my site just behind the Piazza, with not too much exposure but still centre location that I design a bank to fit this area. By choosing the site behind the Piazza I am maintaining the integrity of the renowned St. Marks Square and allow my building to have more freedom in its design. When designing any bank security is a big issue, hence the basement level being below the ground and surrounded by water on three of its four sides. The ground level aims to create a space that is not overwhelming but still gives a sense of privacy for the clients entering the banking hall. The double height ceiling in the entrance hall opens up the space to look at the surrounding canals and lets vast amounts of light in. The overhanging first floor offices creates a more closed in space over the teller areas for privacy whilst still allowing the staff to enjoy the view and have the ability to observe the happenings in the banking hall. The cladding modernises the Bank whilst still maintaining influences from Venice itself. The texture of the roof implies that of the sandstone of the surrounding buildings whilst the shape of the roofing windows allows maximum penetration of light. The windows on the north side mimic the shape of the first floor offices and the teller booths below to give the building a cohesive feel. The entrance over a canal via a bridge gives the bank a sense of grandeur without the elaborate ornamentation and decoration and also offers the sense of security. The bank sits in harmony with the surrounding older buildings whilst still maintaining a newer style.|
|Department/Unit/Centre:||Architecture & Allied Arts|
|Appears in Collections:||DESA1002 – 2009|
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