Swedbank Headquarters

The most striking new construction in 2004

Swedbank Headquarters

Lately, the most eye-catching feature of the left bank of the River Daugava is the emerging office building of Swedbank, standing up tall and attractive over the river. An impression of upward gravitation is achieved by the slight narrowing of the house as the number of levels increase, as well as the sloping fasade solution, visually reminiscent of a sail, and the closing peak. The fasade glazing and environment layout elements visually link the building to the surface of water of the River Daugava, thereby merging it with the surroundings. The bank's new building forms the new outline of the left bank of the River Daugava, and symbolically represents the successful economic development of Latvia.

Construction solutions

Swedbank Headquarters is a new token of construction quality - for the first time since the regaining of the independence of the Republic of Latvia, there is a 29-floor (26 floors above ground, 2 underground levels and the ground floor), 120.5 metre-high house built. Also, for the first time in Latvia, this sizeable a glazed surface is used for fasade decoration, constructed using a Fulton aluminium fasade system. Both the glazing and the fa?ade system are the state-of-the-art construction solutions in their category. Combined with glazed fasade systems, the building incorporates also ceramic panel fa?ade decoration systems. The building lies on 286 piles driven into the ground 27 metres deep, reaching the dolomite stratum, which is approximately seven floors deep under ground. The entire building is in full height supported by 15 pillars of 85 cm in diameter, and 9 additional pillars of 60 cm in diameter.

Both foreign and domestic materials were used in construction of the building: Fulton system from Canada, glass from US-based company Sunguard, while the metal components were produced by a Latvian company Arcus IK.

The general contractor of the building is SIA Merks, project manager - Ms Vineta Verika.

Architectural solution

The architectural shape of the building was defined by its location, consequently, the silhouette carries the key role in the building's design. It is characterized by lightness, dynamism, and transparency. The glazed fasade solution was put in place so as to allow some angles of full transparency of the building - it could be referred to as the most transparent building in the Baltics. The glass shading and the pools fitted in the green area underline the symbolic lucidity and lightness. The dynamics of the design is enforced by the fact that it looks different as viewed from different viewpoints - every time you see it as if anew.

The construction scope of the object consisted of two parts: 26 above-ground floor high-rise building harbouring office, conference, recreation, public catering and technical premises, and double -level parking lots in parallel to Krisjana Valdemara Street.

The floor structure is based on a central core in the middle and working space spread around it. This solution provides the maximum view from the premises to the Old Town, the part of Riga on the left bank of the Daugava, and the port.

To support the building's compositional set-up, the tower part incorporates two constructional fasade solutions introducing a strong horizontal division in the sloping elevation in the fa?ade part - glazing from floor to ceiling, in the cylindrical tower part - glazed fasade system.

During the dark hours of the day, the building stands out on the background of the left bank of the River Daugava with its illuminated fa?ade of the external lighting and internal 'standing' light composition.

The architects of the building are Mr Viktors Valgums (architect office Zenico Projekts) and Mr Alvis Zlaugotnis (architect office Tecum).

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