tamassociati: banca popolare etica, padua
tamassociati: banca popolare etica, padua tamassociati: banca popolare etica, padua
may 13, 2013

tamassociati: banca popolare etica, padua

‘banco popolare etica’ by tam associati, padua, italyimage © tamassociati



the new headquarters for ‘banca popolare etica‘ by tam associati makes manifest an architecture that expresses the institution’s commitment to accessible finance and ethically oriented banking. the company’s pointed awareness of the non-economic consequences of economic actions is reflected in the sensitivity of the new edifice to existing ‘liberty style’ structures. this italian iteration of art nouveau is particular in its use of sculptural tendrils and moldings as well as particularly elegant sinuous forms. the headquarters abstracts these ideas into a responsive building, taking care to follow the intersecting curved volumes into public green areas that additionally regulate energy consumption and harmful emissions. the poetry of the richly grained wood cladding punctured by orthogonal apertures appropriately expresses the bank’s operation theory of maximum transparency as a main condition of a financial institution working toward collective well-being.


overall view of the curved headquarters in the ‘liberty style’ context image © giulia fedel 



view of the wood-clad reconstructed volume

image © marcello bonfanti 



the prefabricated wood is part of a greater overall commitment to responsible, renewable materials image © tamassociati



the building is meant to manifest the prevalent social values of the financial institution image © tamassociati



sinuous masses are part of an abstracted nod to art nouveau forms image © tamassociati



transparency and participation are principles made manifest through the built form image © giulia fedel




view of the sweeping green roof image © tamassociati




the ‘liberty style’ curved mass is reconstructed with eco-friendly materials image © giulia fedel




conference space image © giulia fedel



interiors make manifest a helpful, ethically oriented program image © ettore bellini



the irregular apertures show through the wooden interiors image © ettore bellini




(left): curved hallway view image © marcello bonfanti


(right): interiors incorporate the processed and the natural

image © tamassociati



interiors are light-filled and airy image © tamassociati



sustainable systems were at the curx of the renovationimage © tamassociati



image © tamassociati



‘banco popolare etica’ by tamassociati, padua, italyimage © tamassociati



view of the slatted exterior image © tamassociati



the building enjoys generous green spaces image © marcello bonfanti 



view up toward the wooden facade image © tamassociati



image © tamassociati



night views image © tamassociati



in progress view of the reconstructed art nouveau volumeimage © tamassociati



construction view image © tamassociati




image © tamassociati



(left): roof plan (right): floor plan level 0

image © tamassociati

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