The award winning FNB Wesbank building is an iconic architectural landmark located on the very busy N1 Western Bypass motorway in Johannesburg.
The office building was designed by a consortium of 4 architecture practices namely, MMA Design Studio, CNN Architects, MDS Architects and Fairbairn architects. Hailed as one of South Africa’s most energy efficient developments of its scale at the time of construction in 2009/2010, the building accomodates over 5000 people and cost a total of R1.3 billion to complete.
PROJECT DESCRIPTION [via archidatum]
The FNB Wesbank building in the North of Johannesburg is an eclectic mix that resonates well with traditional African design tenets of amalgamated forms and landscapes which ultimately create a skin of intricate shells and forms that almost always seem to work together in acrimonious harmony. The idea was an attempt at modernizing African culture in a financial setting, borrowing from elements and systems that have long been perfected by indigenous African societies and traditions and simply expressing them with new materials and maintaining the judicious catholic ideologies that punctuate the style.