Bank of America: Tempe Main
The project was to create a new branch bank within a 18' clear volume in the heart of downtown Tempe. The idea was to be able to see all of the public components of the branch upon entering the space. A new "spider glass" entry rotunda was the datum for the concentric geometry of the plan and distributed program.
Large, concentric, curved, perforated wood panels were supported from the building's existing concrete columns at a dramatic angle to reconcile scale and acoustics. Steel collars at the top of the columns support steel rods and couplings that in turn support the panels in a dramatic fashion. A singular loop of mechanical oval duct is thread through the dynamic ceiling and becomes part of the aesthetic along with other exposed systems throughout the volume. The unique demographics of downtown Tempe informed the material palette of brick, ground concrete, cherry wood, blued steel, and fine perforated scrim.
In lieu of typical fluorescent lighting, a curved steel beam provides as an infrastructure to support direct and indirect lighting, creating an unique, relaxed, warm environment for banking.
- Studio Team
- Project Team
Owner: Bank of America
Project Management: Jones Lang LaSalle
Structural: Brickey Design Associates
Mechanical/Plumbing: Peterson Associates Consulting Engineering
Electrical: Grommes Meade Engineering, Inc.
Contractor: Wolfe's Corporation
1993 AIA Arizona Citation Award & Award of Merit
- Project Team