The CRB&T Council Street bank branch is just under 6,000 square feet and incorporates four drive-up lanes (one with an ATM), and four interior walk-up teller counters.
The architectural geometry was driven by the site parameters as well as the functional needs of the interior. Public parking and building entrances were symmetrically located on both the east and west side of the site. The plan was architecturally divided between north and south. The north half of the plan houses the teller counters, four interior walkup counters, and the four exterior drive-up lanes. The south half houses the open office layout of the commercial banking division and reception.
One of the design team’s goals was to create a branch bank that took its materiality cues from the main bank location, giving the patrons a sense of familiarity from one location to another. With that goal in mind, it was important not to simply create a mini version of the 1st Avenue location, but to use the traditional building materials in such a way that it responded to the individual branch and site needs.
At the modest scale, an important aspect of the design was to be both physically and visually open, yet maintain bank security. This open floor plan is experienced as soon as the one enters the bank. The ceiling heights were intentionally designed high with an elevated center volume surrounded with a clerestory to bring natural light into the entire space. The taller ceiling height, the clerestory, and the south glass curtain wall allowed natural light to filter into the space to be enjoyed not only by the employees but also the patrons of the bank.