New Bremer Landesbank building

Going beyond the grid-like façades that dominate inner cities nowadays, a modern headquarters for the Bremer Landesbank has been built in the historical old town of Bremen. With its multifaceted clay brick façade, the building is highly representative in its effect, clearly referencing Hanseatic building culture.

The old and very dilapidated building was taken down to make space for the seven-storey newbuild, which was ultimately erected on top of the old foundations. The façade of the new bank was designed to echo the North German brick expressionism of the 1920s.

The new, dark brick façade with diverse arches, lines, columns and ledges comprises 65 different brick specials – a tailored mix of special grades.

The depth and three-dimensionality arising from the exciting façade relief create an interplay of light and shade, exuding great vibrancy.

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