Forte Bank Headquarters

Forte Bank Headquarters

Architect
Saraiva + Associados
Location
Astana, Kazakhstan
Project Year
2016
Category
Offices
Alexander Mussiyan

Forte Bank Headquarters

Saraiva + Associados as Architects

The Alliance Bank, 10th largest in Kazakhstan, has set itself the goal of strengthening its position on the international market in order to become one of the leading banks in Central Asia. S+A proposal was thus a cornerstone in its corporate strategy and an architectural landmark in the capital city. Currently, it was distinguished on its form & function within Astana Architecture and Design & Business Dialogue. The design is based on the metaphor of a treasure trove, keeping its valuable content safe. Located on the new administrative and business center of Astana, the new headquarter expresses important values in banking: trust through transparency and solidity.


According on the line of vision, as well as on the light incision, the construction may appear to be solid but, on the other hand, may also consent a glimpse to the interior. In this way, the design manifests one of the most important fundamental value in banking: trust through transparency and solidity.


«It was beautiful to overcome the adverse climate conditions in Astana, taking in consideration the concept of a huge glass façade building. At that, the building predicts a second layer of façade in the inside thus providing a buffer zone between the exterior and the actual office spaces. Also a combination of efforts between specialities enabled the heating/cooling of its big atrium with nine stories high. On the other hand, a lot of decisions had to be made in the matters of protecting the building from the hard windy winter of Astana.»Country Manager of S+A Kazakhstan, Susana Ramalho, states.


The new building is accessed via an imposing stair and a generously-appointed foyer. The offices, meeting rooms and recreational areas are located on the floors above.


The lightness of the exterior glazing contrasts with the interior sense of warmness providing a vertical visual impact in the inside. From the already existing tubular structure the new headquarter was designed with multiple mismatch module structures, creating a fascinating horizontal dynamic on the facade. For that reason, the new building is the result of slicing down a bigger volume into smaller parts to become closer to the neighboring construction. The architecture comprises several box-like configurations and the different height of each glass box is defined by the existing skeleton.


Green facades provide better air quality, noise damping and natural beauty. Therefore, those living frontages maximize this project's green space with a minimum-sized footprint, creating a corporeal landscape where it was not thought possible. They are both low-cost and low-maintenance in comparison to other greening options. The architecturally sustainable design created an eye-catching project that stand out from the pack.


Featured Projects
Latest Products
News
Visitor Centre for the Bernau Trade Union School celebrates and reveals a celebrated Bauhaus Monument
15 Aug 2022 News
Visitor Centre for the Bernau Trade Union School celebrates and reveals a celebrated Bauhaus Monument

In 2017 the iconic Bauhaus work ‘Bundesschule Bernau,’ built by Bauhaus director Hannes... More

Ippolito Fleitz Group redefines office culture through a network of fluid and adaptable spaces
15 Aug 2022 News
Ippolito Fleitz Group redefines office culture through a network of fluid and adaptable spaces

Ippolito Fleitz Group designs the Swiss headquarters for an international pharmaceutical company in... More

Atelier Archmixing designs a cultural landmark amidst a picturesque mountain landscape
15 Aug 2022 News
Atelier Archmixing designs a cultural landmark amidst a picturesque mountain landscape

Nestled in the mountainous region of Chengde, the Art centre of Aranya serves as a connection betwee... More

Top 10 Trending Glazed Office Partitions
12 Aug 2022 Specification
Top 10 Trending Glazed Office Partitions

Glazed office partition systems respond to the essential needs oftoday’s workplaces. Transpare... More

Casa Aco by Giuseppe Gurrieri Architetto merges a contemporary volume with Italian rural vernacular
11 Aug 2022 News
Casa Aco by Giuseppe Gurrieri Architetto merges a contemporary volume with Italian rural vernacular

In Italy’s Apulian countryside, Casa Aco by Giuseppe Gurrieri Architetto is a renovation and e... More

Refugee Museum of Denmark (FLUGT) by BIG sheds light on the stories, challenges, emotions, and spirit of the world's refugees
9 Aug 2022 News
Refugee Museum of Denmark (FLUGT) by BIG sheds light on the stories, challenges, emotions, and spirit of the world's refugees

Situated on the site of Denmark's largest Refugee camp from World War II, FLUGT by BIG is a museum d... More

Haydon Xi’an by Salone Del Salon is an artistic tribute to Retro, Sci-fi and Fantasy
8 Aug 2022 News
Haydon Xi’an by Salone Del Salon is an artistic tribute to Retro, Sci-fi and Fantasy

Haydon, a multi-brand cosmetics retailer recently opened its doors to a striking, new retail space i... More

Rohingya Cultural Memory Centre by Rizvi Hassan is an ode to indigenous way of living
8 Aug 2022 News
Rohingya Cultural Memory Centre by Rizvi Hassan is an ode to indigenous way of living

Located on a hilltop in the middle of a refugee camp area, The Rohingya Cultural Memory Centre, desi... More