Architect and Contractor: La Macchia Group
As the architect team engaged with the decision makers, the rich history of the town’s mill and train depot quickly emerged as the desired design inspiration. This was how the bank wanted to pay tribute to the history of the community. To achieve an authentic train station aesthetic, material selections were carefully considered. The client wanted the building to look like it truly had stood the test of time. Through material/period research, and a board member with access to reclaimed barn wood, the team was able to stay true to this historical perspective. From the exterior’s reclaimed brick, window lintels and reclaimed barn wood brackets to interior reclaimed barn wood beams, Craftsmen‐style wood trim, copper accents, hardwood floors and cream city brick, details and material selections achieved the desired historic aesthetic. While this project did not pursue LEED certification, a sustainable mindset guided the process. The use of reclaimed materials throughout the project, including 50% of the exterior materials, is an example of the owner’s commitment to sustainability.
Upon entering the bank, the grand lobby exudes the appeal of a communal waiting area in a vintage train station. A combination of flooring materials, both real wood and porcelain tile, create an intuitive wayfinding cue that guides customers through the space. Unique hexagon mosaic tiles with an old‐world pattern highlight the check desk and iPad station with a custom‐made wood bench. Here customers can read the paper while enjoying a cup of coffee or check their accounts on one of three iPads. The intuitive path leads to the focal point of the space, the teller line. This custom millwork, designed to resemble a train station ticket counter, is the hub of the building. Real stone countertops and banker green acrylic accents give a nod to the rich materials used in historic banks. A highlight of the lobby area is custom wall murals made from historic town photos, such as the first fire engine and the old train depot. Mosaic tiles that look like pennies as well as green gooseneck lamps and street lamp poles are other details sprinkled throughout the interior that offer the old train station, or Humphrey Bogart, appeal.
With the design inspiration in mind, the team also needed to address the functionality of the space. Since the bank had outgrown its previous building, the intent of the planning was to be employee‐centric. Private offices were a priority, as was including additional office space for future expansion. Offices and conference rooms were located along the window walls wherever possible so employees could have access to natural daylight. Ample glass allows the daylight to filter into the lobby which is at the heart of the space plan.
The rich textural materials, warm palette and train depot inspired details create a timeless design, a distinct retail environment that honors the past while communicating to customers that this is a modern, forward‐thinking, green‐minded, financial institution.
Photo: Landre Photography