Bank Headquarters with Subsidiaries and Public Premises
Tblisi, Georgia, 2014
The design for the new TBC Bank headquarters - located in Tbilisi, Georgia - proposes a transition from the traditional closed and introverted working model previously favoured in the banking industry, toward a flexible, open and responsive system. The new TBC Forum proposes a cultural hub that will act as a catalyst for the development of a new area of the city, promoting socio-economic development through the creation of a financial knowledge centre and innovation platform.
The location of the new headquarters acts as a key driver within the design. Within the natural setting of the Lisi Lake resort, the TBC Forum merges work, culture and nature and becomes an integrated part of a green journey from the Georgian capital through the local landscape and vineyards. Inspired by the historic highland village of Shatili, a stone and mortar village of clustered towers and balconies that embrace the surrounding landscape, the design for the TBC Forum draws inspiration from this local example in which the unification of nature and architecture plays a central role.
Encouraging movement and interaction as a means to achieving social sustainability was also central to our design. The bank is thus organised into departmental clusters which are connected by double and triple height social nodes that host communal programmes. These semi-public spaces create vertical sequences within the building for flexible and interactive socialisation and connection. Through the use of staircases and active circulation as an integral part of the work environment, the TBC Forum creates a continuous three dimensional workflow where people meet, socialise, and share knowledge.
The TBC Forum is defined by three main programmes. These programmes form three clusters that interact around the public esplanade: 1. TBC HQ: the new Headquarters of TBC Bank. 2. The Innovation Lab: a new centre for the research and generation of new ideas. 3. The Culture Hub: combines galleries, restaurants, children daycare and co-working spaces, thereby enabling interaction between diverse fields of interest.
Ben van Berkel with Frans van Vuure, Roman Kristesiashvili, Alex Kalachev, Filippo Lodi, Melinda Matuz, Raul Forsoni, Pere Maicas, Franck Fdida, Michele de Simone, Caterina Micucci , Matthew Harrison, Assaf Yizzak Cooremans, Nanang Santoso, Harlen Miller, Megan Hurford, Johanna Mencia, Fernando Herrera, Attilio Ranieri, Courtney Jones, Jae Geun Ahn, Elizabeth White, Ksymena Borczynska, Gys le Roux, Jung Jae Suh