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Entry# 29

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Location: calgary, AB

An iconic sandstone building in Calgary’s financial district was strategically chosen as the new branch for the client. Through the grand entry under the architectural copula, visitors are struck by the vastness and beauty of the 3-storey domed reception area. This space is about volume and solidity, with a classic modern vocabulary. Art Deco references are interspersed to highlight the historical architectural features. Adding weight to the space are a strong black stone desk, versatile shelving and iconic red chairs. Bright colours are carried through with Canadian modern art. Above the logo-inset quartz floor, a custom light fixture playfully cascades, dainty enough to showcase the exquisite 8-panel mural on the domed ceiling above, by an artist of substantial reputation. “An original Marianna Gartner mural – she has become well-known for her wonderfully strange, and occasionally eerie, paintings that are often inspired by early photographs.” Volmers, E. (2016, May 12) Calgary Herald Well known for her shows in Prague, Berlin, Vienna and Zurich, many pieces are also in the Alberta Foundation for the Arts. Luxurious black “wrought iron” detailing draws the visitor towards the boardroom, prefaced by the Shaw carpet beautifully inset into a border of quartz flooring. The herringbone pattern emulates honed stone. For the bank president, managers, employees and customers, the space provides stability, a sense of responsibility, and classic modernism. These traits cannot be reduced by time moving forward, nor removed by current design and technology trends. Stability, for a bank, is a timeless virtue.

For the client’s president, managers, employees and customers, the space provides stability, a sense of responsibility, and classic modernism. These traits cannot be reduced by time moving forward, nor removed by current design and technology trends. Stability, for the client, is a timeless virtue.

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March 29, 2019