Cashing cheques is not the only thing that happens at Sparkasse Bank. It’s also a place where visitors can admire Precious Metals and Foreign Notes. The exhibition was created by the Die Werft studio, who opted for solid surface HI-MACS® as the material for the furnishings. The exhibition is inspired by Pforzheim in Southern Germany. Also known as the Golden City, Pforzheim’s jewellery industry stretches back over 250 years. The exhibition won a German Design Award 2018 in the Excellent Communications Design – Retail Architecture category.
The stand-out feature of the room that houses Precious Metals and Foreign Notes is the unique beehive-shaped ceiling, where lighting is positioned among the cylinders of different sizes. The German studio opted to make the furnishings from solid surface HI-MACS® in Arctic White, so as to give emphasis to detailing in gold, silver and anthracite, thus creating a series of striking contrasts. Solid surface HI-MACS® is a non-porous material which can be moulded into any shape or dimension, and can also be restored to its initial appearance, even in the event of damage. The structure also features integrated information sheets, interactive screens and the anti-theft system (left visible to visitors).
The display cases are distributed across a total surface area of 570 square metres, their cylindrical shape a nod to the shape of the stacks of coins. They provide the perfect pedestal to showcase precious coins, jewellery, old coins and a real gold ingot weighing 12 kilogrammes.