Lion's Bank branches

Lead Designer
ClientIwona Bakuła
Prize(s)Honorable Mention
Entry Description

Lion’s Bank is a private banking brand belonging to Idea
Bank SA and offering services to the wealthiest and most
respected Polish entrepreneurs. Since its inception, the
bank has attached great importance to the aesthetics of
its products, believing that financial success should be
flawlessly designed.

This year Lion’s Bank decided to redesign 10 of its local
branches spread across Poland’s biggest cities. Their
fresh and vivid interiors purposely contradict standards
usually implemented in private banking design. We are
all familiar with the way private banks like to set up their
branches – in an elegant neighbourhood, preferably
close to the Old Town centres, with light-filled interiors
of chic dark wood and marble. These are usually
dominated by antique furniture, oil paintings, etc., so to
invoke the feelings of trust, safety and sheltered
security. Usually it is all about keeping up with the
‘tradition’. Lion’s Bank branches, designed by Iwona
Bakuła of Dark Chocolate, are nothing like this cliché.
Their design invites the clients matches our constantly
moving world of here and now. Futurist, energetic and
dynamic, the branches reflect the bank’s leading motto:
earning, not saving.

Iwona Bakuła’s interiors have a sporty look, inspired by
Ferrari style an design. Red, Lion’s Bank brand colour, is
prevailing, reinforced by deep blacks and subtle beiges.
The variety of textures (transparent glass, reflective
plastic surfaces and quilted leather wall panels) provides
breathtaking contrasts, further enhanced by massive
asymmetrical geometric patterns on the floors and
ceilings. The whole interior radiates a club-like
atmosphere, emphasised by some extremely original
facilities, e.g. purposefully overdone pop art throne-like
chairs. The walls are all marked with Lion’s Bank’s
logotypes, subtly reinforcing its brand.