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FACE A+D approached this project from a truly neutral starting point. Elegant meeting spaces used in various cultures were studied and appropriated to create a stylish and opulent private banking setting that would speak to a multitude of cultures while implying none. Western European material palettes of travertine, onyx and brass are juxtaposed with Middle Eastern screens and floor patterns evocative of private Arabian meeting areas. The spaces are designed to be bright, roomy and warm, creating an atmosphere of comfort and familiarity. The project uses the language of minimalist detailing and opulent furniture and fittings as its primary design language. Specific lighting conditions and room compositions are perfectly married to create effective spaces for discussion and collaboration. The result is a great example of what private banking should look like.