It is interesting to see how the buildings presented in this collection reflect the time they where built in, the corporate governance structure and commonly shared values of societies and citizens. Further, the nuanced differences of national ideals are strikingly obvious almost everywhere. For example, the German Bundesbank is built in a ‘brutal style: an honest architecture.’ It seems impossible to imagine how German values could be better reflected. Of course these statements only go so far before they become their own cliché. But as we all know, clichés come from somewhere – there may be a grain of truth. ‘Craftsmanship and precision (as expressed in the building of the Swiss National Bank) embody the core facets of Swiss national identity.’Isn’t that what we all would consider ‘Swiss’?
Quelle / Link: Architecture & Finance