This branch concept for a financial institution, to be built within a historic district in Greater Vancouver called for a unique design approach. The building strategically references subtle turn of the century “noveau french” architecture through massing and detailing. An intricate metal fretwork creates a consistent architectural language on along all elevations. The building is composed of three interlocking volumes that speak to the industrial past of this area and the stacked timbers of the lumberyards that once lined the Fraser River.
The three main volumes serve as a backdrop for the heart of the building – a community venue situated at the prominent southwest corner of the site. The venue provides space for citizens to meet up and organize, making tangible the client’s mission to foster and support local communities.