FIRST WESTERN BANK
Design a new branch bank to replace an existing facility. This program to include three drive-through lanes and a lease opportunity for a coffee house.
First Western Bank wanted to emphasize their innovative electronic banking service. The most recent initiative would include interactive touch screen monitors, remote video conferencing with Loan Officers and a non-traditional teller line to promote the next generation of customer interaction. Located along the main north-south corridor and just a half mile from the Wal-Mart Corporate Office, the structure is oriented toward this main artery and provides parking along three sides and drive up lanes on the west. The glass tower steer the customer toward the structure during the day, and its internal LED lighting shines as a guidepost at night. East elevation at the column supported, and the curved roof is used as the main bank entry. The single story contains the coffee house with a covered seating area and outdoor fireplace. The two story lobby is highlighted by the radial pattern of the glued-laminated beams and structural colonnade which draws your eye through the facade, reflecting a feeling of transparency. The bank lobby steps down to a single story at the coffee house and is separated by a fireplace element. Night security is provided by a folding glass wall system, suspended from a bulkhead element that supports a glass wall, closing to the deck. Bank offices, conference rooms and the teller line work along the two story lobby. The exterior elevation elements are utilized to help define the two business functions, both as a bank and a coffee house.
This photo highlights the colonnade and glued-laminate beams. The tower serves as both a dividing element between the Bank & Coffee House, and an identifying signage kiosk to the passing customers.
This photo features the North side of the Bank, showcasing the colonnade, glued-laminate beams, curved architecture, the tower and dedicated office space.
The west side of the bank is home to FWB drive through banking service, and highlights the banding of materials similar to other First Western Bank locations.
The staff entry and clean, simple lines of the drive through canopy can be viewed on the west side of the bank. The tower has presence to the adjacent businesses and as the tower is illuminated, the effect is enhanced.
The Bentonville Branch Lobby underscores the electronic banking initiative of First Western, by featuring an innovative video wall, interactive monitors and teller module. The radial beam pattern is enforced from the exterior structural expression.
This photo leads from the Bank Lobby toward the Coffee House and depicts the security wall in place between the two spaces.
From the transition zone near Coffee House, looking back toward the Bank, the unifying curved elements at the soffit and flooring texture are expressed.
The impressive radial beam pattern is emphasized further by the curved wall soffit and flooring pattern.
The addition of the fireplace element established another subtle division between the daily operations of the Bank and the activity inside the Coffee House.
Light beams, can lights, pendants, and a flood of natural light combine to create a bright spot to enjoy a warm cup of coffee.
Lighting emphasizes the structural system, but also draws your eye into the bank. The clerestory band with glued-laminate beams projecting through the lobby wall, highlights the view from the north.