Bayrische HypoVereinsbank, Munich

This conversion and refurbishment project was based on the "königliche Filialbank" (Royal Filial Bank) building complex of which parts are heritage-listed. Its two typologically and stylistically quite different units were constructed between the end of the 19th and beginning of the 20th century, according to plans by Albert Schmid. Behind the historic façade has now been built a modern complex based on the designs of the internationally renowned architects Guido Canali and Gilberto Botti, who are generally regarded as among the best-qualified specialists for such projects. Major portions of the substance of the building, which emanates from the early 1870s (the "Gruenderzeit" or period of promoterism) have been retained. This has resulted in a contrasting dialogue between historical and contemporary architecture. Office and conference zones occupy a total of 4,200m2 in the upper floors, below which is located a generously spacious exhibition centre measuring 3,200m2. This will be made available in the future to customers and other third parties for presentations, receptions or concerts. All the rooms are located around light-flooded open-topped atriums extending over four storeys. Of the original hexagonal inner yard has remained its basic geometry and also the horseshoe-shaped staircase, now supplemented by a fully glazed elevator. The refurbishment and rededication of this splendid "Gruenderzeit Palace" has further enriched and enhanced the attraction of Munich’s "old city" district known as Kreuzviertel.

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Project Bayrische HypoVereinsbank, Munich