RegioBank Offices – Solothurn

  • Client RegioBank,
  • size 21,528 sqft
  • Year 2021
  • Location Solothurn, Switzerland,
  • Industry Financial / Investments,
  • Gehri used inspiration from the river Aare to create a seamless flow for work at RegioBank‘s offices in Solothurn, Switzerland.

    The river Aare, which flows through the entire RegioBank market area, served as a source of inspiration for the development of the new customer experience and working worlds. Reflecting the market locations, it flows through the entire building in sequences. The flowing lines contrast with the strict building shell and create distinctive landscapes designed to surprise and to be discovered. The different currents, flow speeds and varying bank zones are emblematic of the different uses of the space. Lively places and quiet zones are created providing discretion — be it for conversations or undisturbed work. These newly created areas fit together harmoniously and will probably trigger memories of experiences in connection with the Aare, not only for customers but also for employees: be it a barbecue on the Aare with friends, a solitary walk to reflect on one’s thoughts, or a refreshing swim.

    New working worlds
    We have created new working worlds throughout the old building (Westbahnhofstrasse 7) and on the 2nd to 4th floors of the main building (Westbahnhofstrasse 11). The different needs and requirements have led to a reorganisation of the units. In the central zones you will find quiet and open zones for exchanges and meetings. Thanks to acoustic measures in the ceiling area and at the workstations, the open-plan office noise level is reduced to a pleasant level. The new organisation enables interaction between the different teams and creates a working atmosphere that makes employees look forward to being in the office — especially since everyone has been offered a height-adjustable workstation in solid wood as a sign of appreciation.

    Customer zone
    Just as a river landscape is constantly changing, the rooms can also be used flexibly. The positioning of the entrances and access elements on the north-east and south-west firewalls give the hall a free play. The dramaturgy and experience-ability of the space are of great importance and create a living proximity to the customer. For this reason, the most important points of contact are placed in the foreground. Advice has the highest priority. Although the cash business is still present, it is not the first priority. The spatial design of the two entrances in the centre of the customer hall leads the clients to the skipper, who receives, accompanies and guides the customers. There is still a cash desk, but it does not have the same physical presence as the reception area, where triage and needs assessment take place.

    In addition to the usual ATMs, the concept of the 24h zone also includes a discreet deposit area and a 24h autosave facility. The meeting and advisor boxes integrated into the space as well as the central staircase to the first floor divide the space and create a variety of zones to be used in different ways. The skipper’s desk is positioned in front of the abstracted waterfall in the eye of the customer staircase to the first floor. The skipper has both customer entrances and the access to the first floor in view and thus becomes the hub for the entire customer area. He also manages the allocation to the discreet counsellor niches for short transactions.

    Clients with a meeting appointment reach the first floor using the generous, curved staircase behind the waterfall and are welcomed at the concierge desk. Thanks to the fully equipped coffee kitchen, aperitifs can now also be held in the free-flowing, spacious-looking foyer — if desired in combination with the large meeting room, offering the opportunity to hold events for up to 50 people when fully open. The individually designed consultation rooms provide the necessary flexibility for client meetings in a discreet, trusting environment.

    Design: Gehri
    Design Team: David Bernet, Vanessa Mosimann, Darja Studer, Christian Gehri
    Architecture & Construction Management: GSJ Architekten
    Photography: Batt Huber Photography