The area to be reconstructed is located in the heart of so-called “banking quarter” of Yerevan, Armenia. Front buildings are included in the list of historic monuments protected by the state. One of these buildings is former Agricultural Bank and was designed and built by the renowned architect Nicholas Buniatyan in 1920. Other building, a XIX century structure is in excellent condition. During last years it also functioned as a bank and office space.
We have tried to stay true to our principles and approaches, which can be summarized in few words as follows: to use as basis of the composition the historical monuments, to save the environment and context of these structures, at the same time adding a new and contemporary layer to existing ones. We believe that this is one of the ways to enrich and supplement public environment. We use the arched doors of XIX century black tuff building as the main entrance to bank and business center area. There is a new glass front above the ground floor, which will provide much natural light for the business center lobby.
Residential area is located in the south cornet of the complex, on the floors above the XIX century structure. This area has separate entrance, stairs and escalator, and is connected with underground parking. Apartments have natural ventilation, direction to the south provides the necessary sunlight. There is an 8 m hight green terrace on the roof of the old building, which is open for residents along with health activity area (fitness, spa, sports). Thus, the administrative, business and residential parts of the complex are separated from each other, they can operate independently.
The roof of the old bank building on the north of the complex used as an open terrace. There is an inner courtyard to provide sunlight and air to the bottom of the bank. Dark gray local tufa slabs, concrete, transparent and milk-white glass, steel are used in facing.Location: Yerevan, Armenia
Project name: Competition on the Development of an Architectural Concept for “AMERIA” Multifunctional Complex