Top 10 Most Amazing Bank Buildings in the World
National Bank of Dubai
The National Bank of Dubai is also known as NBD. It was created in 1963. It's an interesting fact that NBD provides Islamic banking services and conventional banking service.
The building of NBA one of the highest banks in the world. The total height is 125 meters (410 ft). The total floor area is 35,308 square meters (380,050 sq ft). Famous architect Carlos Ott, NORR International designed the concept. The construction was completed in 1998. The building of National Bank in Dubai is concerned to be the highest in Deira. The investors and the depositors of the Bank can get there by sea (personal yachts and ships). It's a trendy attribute for the riches.
The Rainier Bank Building (Seattle)
Quit an interesting building. It's situated in 1301 Fifth Avenue, in the Metropolitan Tract of Seattle, Washington.
Rainier Tower was designed by a famous architect Minoru Yamasaki. He is also renowned for the World Trade Center (New York). This 40-story tower is 635 feet high. Just several stores are occupied now (29 only), 11 are pedestal. Rainier Tower was complete in 1977. The basement has the shape of pyramid.
There is an underground shopping mall there. The Rainier Bank Building was named after Rainier Bank.
Because of an interesting design, it has become a real magnet for tourists.
The Bank of China Tower
It is situated on 1 Garden Road, in Central and Western District (Hong Kong Island).
This tower is a real skyscraper! It seems than the designers wanted to create a new Star! The building turns into a lightning cutting and snipping the sky (like a huge knife). Maximum height is 1,205 feet / 367 meters (70 stories). Started in 1982 it was finished in 1990. The total floor area is 135,000 m2 (1,450,000 sq ft). Bank of China (Hong Kong) Limited is housed in this building.
The building and the architects (I. M. Pei & Partners) were criticized for the symbolism of the building. Numerous 'x' seem to have negative and destructive meaning.
But nevertheless The Bank of Chine Tower is worth seeing.
Bank of Asia Building (Bank of Asia Tower)
Bank of Asia is a high-rise 20-stored building 83 meters high (total floor area is 23,506 m2 /253,016 ft2). This amazing bank building is situated in Thailand, Bangkok (191 South Sathorn Road. Bangkok, Thailand). The concept has a progressive idea. Designed as a robot, it was totally built in 1986. The building has the 'body' and the 'head' with two 'eyes' and antennas.
The designer of this 'Robot Building' is Sumet Jumsai. He was inspired by his son's toy robot. The main idea of the concept is to set neoclassical and high-tech postmodern styles against author's style and to show the high level of computerization of banking. Nice idea, but terrible realization.
Bank of Communication Tower
This bank building is situated in Wan Chai, Hong Kong, (China). The construction started in 1995 and was completed 1996. Within a year this 33-store skyscraper was erected. The total height of Bank of Communication Tower is 155 m/509 feet. It's hardly possible to believe that this modern building has been building for only a year. Because of a modern style it has become a laconic element of architecture ensemble of the city.
The old Federal Reserve Bank Building
This building doesn't look like something amazing or something out of ordinary. Just a mediocre one. But! It's the first a so-called "Suspension Building"! The construction was complete in 1973. There are special cables that support the lobby. They also support the inverted arc. In 1977 the Federal Reserve Bank changed its location and moved to another place (Mississippi River at Hennepin Ave).
There were many problems with building structure, that's why another "Suspension Building" has never been built again.
Cooperative Business Bank building (People's Loan Bank building)
This bank is located in Ljubljana, Slovenia (in the Miklo?i?eva ulica street). This building (Stavba Zadru?ne gospodarske banke) was designed by architect Ivan Vurnik in 1921. The frescoes and the wall paintings were made by his wife Helena. Actually, she took an active part in Vurnik's architectural activity.
The distinctive features of the building are the usage of indicative colors of the Slovenian tricolor (blue, white and red), geometrical ornament, iconography techniques.
Cooperative Business Bank building is a perfect example of a true Slovenian architectural style, because it shows all the national ethnical features of the Slovenians.
THAI FARMERS BANK HQ (Kasikorn Thai Bank Building)
Kasikornbank Public Company Limited (K Bank) is third-largest bank in Thailand (founded in 1945).
THAI FARMERS BANK HQ is located in the very heart of Bangkok (Thailand). Kasikorn Thai Bank (an alternative name) is a modern building near the Chao Phraya River.
The total height is 177m. This 42-store building is situated not far from famous Rama IX Bridge on Ratburna Road. THAI FARMERS BANK HQ is also located next to Sukhumvit Soi.
The Historic Building of Central Bank
The Historic Building of Central Bank is situated in Nizhny Novgorod. It was constructed according special occasion - the 300th anniversary of the Romanov family.
It's a real piece of history. This building is renowned for its frescos. This Palace even has its legend about the mirror of wish (in the conference hall). If you wish something with all your heart while looking at this very mirror, the dream will surely come true.
Actually, if you want to visit this palace, you won't be able to do it without special permission, because the Historic Building of Central Bank is not open to the general public.
Hana Bank Building
Hana Bank Building is located in Seoul (South Korea). The construction was finished in 1983. Hana Bank Building is a high-rise 20-store building. The designers have totally changed the whole building by using special decorative elements. Hana Bank Building a perfect example how simple stickers can change the whole building! It was used to up-to-date elevation of building and to pay special attention to ecologically clean production (elements, stickers).