Solar orientation with exterior louver, designed to reduce the need for interior lighting. Structural system light steel with slab-on-grade building concept. Mechanical system designed in zones to shift following the solar orientation. Lighting design on lighting control system to follow seasonal changes and solar orientation. All project lighting LED high efficiency.
Our task was to replace the client’s largest financial branch in their most important marketplace.
The goal was to be a modern transparent financial partner in the community. We achieved this from the exterior with clear glass marking the entrances, privacy louvers for the member public zones and solid brick enclosing the private programmatic functions of the project – making this a modern credit union.
The interior has been designed with a strong connection to the neighborhood. This was achieved through transparency from inside to out versus the outside in. The client required ten enclosed offices, a conference room, 4 branch tellers and 2 drive-through tellers for this flagship location. The majority of the offices required a direct view of the entrance, this was designed by grouping them into sets of 4 in floating glass elements. We employed branded vinyl graphics on the curved interior glass partitions to direct the view and create enclosure for privacy where desired.
The teller bar is an open floating element for receiving member clients to be welcoming, with the drive-through tellers directly adjacent the branch tellers having a view to the drive-through line-up. The back-of-house block is grouped on the northern end of the building separate from the public areas.
The project was designed to hold the urban edge on the corner of the intersection where located, which is a neighborhood transitioning from commercial to residential - this credit union has found its perfect location.