VZ-Desk made from HI-MACS at VZ Finanzportal Lounge

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17 February 2014
VZ-Desk made from HI-MACS at VZ Finanzportal Lounge

Architects from design cooperative DGJ+NAU (NAU Architecture and Drexler Guin and Jauslin Architekten) have recently completed the VZ Finanzportal Lounge in Zurich, a new space for the successful online investment and financial services provider VZ Vermögens Zentrum. With an emphasis on interactivity, the VZ Finanzportal Lounge is an open space in which the customer is free to explore and to receive information, training or advice according to his interests.

The architects – who have extensive experience using HI-MACS® for past projects - centred the space on a welcoming multifunctional desk made from HI-MACS Alpine White, creating an open and light atmosphere, interspersed with integrated technologies.

Serving as a source of inspiration, the Vermögens Zentrum’s logo has been spatially interpreted in this multifunctional desk, responding to the varied tasks of the open space: informing, advising, and learning. The aim was to create, within a compact area, an expressive and highly recognizable architectural element as a physical representation of the bank. The choice of the material to make the idea a reality came naturally: HI-MACS was the only material allowing 3D continuous and seamless shapes with no dimensional limit.

The three elements of the project, HI-MACS®, wood and digital information systems, make up a fascinating atmosphere which is both innovative and welcoming. The multifunctional desk with integrated technology can be flexibly used for informal product information, after-hours seminars or promotional events.

The fabrication of the desk required the latest digital technology for both its development and production. With its elegant lines, it is constructed of a steel structure and HI-MACS® cladding. Custom 3D-milled moulds were used to shape the cladding’s double-curved geometry.

Beyond its physical presence, the VZ-Desk is an interactive portal that communicates through light and media as well. A variety of lighting scenarios combined with the integration of multimedia-devices allows multiple modes of communication throughout day and night. The atmosphere can be adjusted to the daily routine, a training situation, or an ethereal night-time mood.

In the evening, the space is animated by a multimedia projection, which lends a tangible face to the universe of finance. Aided by the subtle lighting of the desk, the space is atmospherically staged as a showcase of the VZ Finanzportal.

Design: NAU Architecture - Drexler Guinand Jauslin Architekten, Switzerland
Fabrication: Kläusler acrylstein ag, Switzerland
Site supervision/general contractor interiors: Glaeser WOGG AG, Switzerland
Material: HI-MACS Alpine White
Area: 150 m²
Photo credits: Roger Frei


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