As you may know I spent some time in Berlin last August and I was kindly invited by Axica to take a tour of the interior spaces of the DZ Bank. Interesting office and mixed-use building that the Canadian-born architect Frank Gehry designed in 1999.
Perhaps the most inspired element in the DZ Bank is this four-story stretched-stainless steel sculptural form that resembles a prehistoric horse’s head; within the skull is a wood-framed oval conference hall.
The interior of the oval conference room is paneled with thin strips of red oak that curve and weave through the space.
High overhead looms a fish-shaped skylight made of glass laid over a steel-wire frame.
Beneath the atrium’s floor – which is partially covered with a multifaceted dome of glass that functions as a skylight for the space below – are a lecture hall, the bank’s cafeteria and a spacious foyer.
Here is a photography series from that tour.
Location: DZ Bank in Berlin, Germany (Pariser Platz 3, 10117 Berlin, Germany)
Architect: Frank Gehry
THE CONFERENCE HALL
THE TOP FLOOR
All photos taken by Nancy Da Campo