First National Bank - Valley Junction

West Des Moines, IA

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Architecture Overview:

First National Bank, which has long been a staple of Valley Junction in Des Moines, Iowa, partnered with RDG to design a new, modern branch office on a prominent corner across the street from the bank's original 1900s location. RDG's design helps address the need for access to inclusive and reliable services. The neighborhood's diverse population influenced the bank's desire to prioritize in-person, face-to-face connections with customers, and though the bank offers modern amenities such as interactive video banking and drive-through, it was adamant that there also be lobby services available for customers and that the space should be welcoming and accessible. In response, RDG’s design creates a sense of openness and access through features like floor-to-ceiling windows, well-lit internal and external spaces and an inviting entry area that also offers pedestrians a spot to stop and rest. Designers took inspiration from the mid-century modern style of several surrounding buildings in this thriving commercial district, and from the bank's commitment to maximizing access to its services at a pedestrian scale.

Landscape Architecture Overview:

Lighting Design Overview:

First National Bank, which has long been a staple of Valley Junction in Des Moines, Iowa, partnered with RDG to design a new, modern branch office on a prominent corner across the street from the bank's original 1900s location.  The lighting design was intended to be minimally invasive in the space and provide the “glowing box” that the architect intended to be the exterior and interior visualization of the architectural volume. Perimeter lighting is fully integrated within the architecture so as to not draw attention to itself. Indirect lighting creates the appearance of a fully luminous ceiling to aid in visually expanding the volume of the space.  Small aperture downlights provide the required task lighting levels for the bank while large decorative LED lighting rings provide the visual aesthetic and scale for the space.

  • CLIENT: First National Bank
  • COMPLETE: June 2022
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