Architect: OPN Architects
Owner: Oregon Community Bank
Contractor: Ideal Builders
Waunakee Community Bank is situated on the edge of town at a prominent corner entrance to one of Waunakee’s newest planned communities. The open prairie setting provided a blank canvas as well as an opportunity to establish an architectural vernacular for future developments.
The building responds to the openness of the site with simplicity in the design and a cross‐axis floor plan. The long axis is accentuated with the rhythm of repeating dark‐stained wood laminated beams and columns that contrast with the natural finish of the wood decking. The long axis is bookended by a large window framing the surrounding farmland to the west and the bank tellers to the east.
The voluminous reception area creates a focal point upon entering the bank with a celebration of two main axis grounded with a stone wall. Large windows open to the conference space beyond offering views through the building. The flanking teller’s row celebrates the bank’s branding color with simplistic, honest, warm details.
The single‐story, 6,600‐square‐foot branch was designed to reflect the ideals of the bank and the Village of Waunakee. The building form modernizes the vocabulary from Prairie Style architecture. Use of horizontal lines, flat ceilings, horizontal clearstory windows, with strong overhanging eaves fit comfortably in the rural Midwestern setting and creates open well‐lit interior volumes that speak to the transparency of form.
Exterior materials connect to the surrounding area: indigenous stone provides a solid base, while wood panels offer contrast with warmth and variation. Exterior finishes repeat in the interior offering rhythm, balance, transparency with pure simplicity. Linear clerestory windows cast daylight into the large gallery corridor of the bank, creating a prime gathering space.
As a public building, it was important that the design and material choice create a welcoming structure that fit within the neighborhood context. The building includes: bankers offices, teller counters and workspaces, a conference room, storage and a wide corridor which also serves as a gallery space to host events that will connect the community and the bank.
Photos: Mike Rebholz