It is still alone. Its compact volume exudes a certain pride – strict order, symmetry, classic three-part construction. You could call it a palazzo if the bank were in the centre of the village. There, it would perhaps be clad in natural stone, as was customary for bank buildings in the past. But here, on the northern outskirts of Sarnen, stands the cantonal bank Obwalden.
in its dark-painted dress of local wood.
The wood accompanies the visitors and staff at every turn. In the large hall, this is due to the high wooden pillars; on the upper floors, they have broken free from the room’s shell. For this, the hardwood ash was used, which can be dimensioned much finer than soft spruce and warps less than beech.
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