LGT Bank, Vaduz

LGT Vaduz, Fischer Architekten AG Zürich

This new extension for the LGT, a private bank in Vaduz, Liechtenstein, reflects the client’s ambitious goals as regards sustainability. Awarded first prize, the competition entry proposes a timber building to provide up to 400 new workplaces. The new building is placed on Egertaweg, along which the backbone of its comb-like structure extends, following the topography.

The planned new building in Vaduz is part of the core zone that consists mostly of commercial and service businesses. As the “fingers” are offset in height and are placed parallel to the slope the buildings are three to four storeys high, which is typical of this district.

On Egertastrasse and on Altenbach the large form creates relatively short three-storey facades appropriate to this district. The new building, which extends as far as Herrengasse, offers major potential for clarifying the district. The staggering of the entrance facade on Egertaweg indicates the comb-like structure behind, and, together with the existing main building, creates outdoor spaces of various kinds.

Egertaweg and the existing gardens lie at a distance to the main traffic arteries and offer an opportunity to exploit the qualities of the second row of buildings and to present them to staff members as a high-quality area for recreation and breaks from work. Flowering meadows and shrubs are used to create a variety of outdoor spaces.

The new building is connected to the existing building by Egertaweg, which here forms part of the park, by the underground garage, and by a new entrance at first floor level. The internal circulation and the connections between the three fingers allow people to move through the building from half-storey to half-storey. All the workspaces receive light from two sides and face the luxuriantly planted inner courtyards. A narrow middle zone accommodates the ancillary spaces, thus avoiding impairing the transparency from facade to facade and across the courtyards.

The untreated wood facade, which could be made of oak, requires very little maintenance and is highly weather-resistant. In the interior, the structure of glulam beams is the defining element that creates the spatial mood.

Herrengasse 12, 9490 Vaduz, Liechtenstein
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Task Extension to the headquarters of the LGT Bank consisting of a new building for 400 office workplaces, an auditorium, and ancillary functions
Job type Competition by invitation
Mention 1st prize
Deliverables Feasibility study, project, tender, implementation project
Time period 2019–2025 (1st stage)
Challenge Demands of staging construction phases, relationship to main building, challenging topography, low-tech approach with certification according to Leed Platinum and SNBS, BIM