Bankhaus Metzler Stuttgart

Interior design concept for a private bank — Kernerstraße 52, 70182 Stuttgart, Germany — 310 m² — 2013 — B. Metzler seel. Sohn & Co. Holding AG

A clever house

Metzler Bank is the last major private bank in Germany that is still in family hands. The company's watchwords include reliability and personal responsibility, both in equal measure.

The interior design concept by blocher partners has translated these values into a classical interior, halfway between privacy and business. The old building in the heart of Stuttgart provides the perfect framework. However, the room first had to be completely reconstructed, the ceilings and walls evened out and the floor renewed. Now, customers set foot onto fine fishbone parquet, entering spaces that have been redesigned as offices and conference rooms. The colour design is a harmonious mix of cream and brown shades, all given an aristocratic touch by the red chair-covers and drapery. Suspended, backlit stucco ceilings convey not only a private atmosphere but also have a noise insulating function – as do the specially made strongbox doors. The heart of the bank is the conference rooms with their antique furniture and gallery of portraits from the family collection, which contrast with modern chandeliers. Two of the rooms are separated from one another by a large sliding door, which, when opened, connects them, creating a large space flexible seating arrangements that can be used for presentations and events. The eye-catcher in the entryway is the wall-sized print of a painting by Carl Morgenstern dated 1865, which shows the Metzler house in Frankfurt in warm colours. Here, too, is an aesthetic element that also functions as an acoustic barrier.

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