Colorado State

Colorado State University
Fort Collins, CO
Completion date
June 2019

Prioritizing authenticity, impact and effectiveness, FNBO sought to represent its commitment to community and the customer experience with a prominent branch location in the Colorado State University student union. 

Since the branch was relocating to a more condensed space, materiality was given a figural presence to mediate between scale and occupation, while preserving the existing bank program. The novel tactile and spatial experience invites and evokes habitation. A columnar formation holds a busy corner; where a glass wall slides away, blurring the edge of public space.   Reinterpreting the traditional bank typology, the new forum is akin to the openness of the “town square.” Articulating the objectives of authenticity and warmth, CNC milled plywood was explored for its ability to aestheticize the methods of construction. Material investigations revealed ways to accommodate seating, shelving and transactions. Utilizing butcher block construction, the grain undulates and folds like strata, appearing sculpted by its environment. 

Logo and seating integrated in wood facade further strengthen presence beyond bank space.
Profile of the sculpted and integrated check writing station
Fully clad column provides a strong statement while hosting a number of functions.
Fully opened glass wall creates a better connection with passing traffic.
Folding and overlapping stacked plywood facade creates a strong natural connection
Architectural Citation Award — Interior Architecture
AIA Nebraska
Interior Design Excellence Award — Best Moment
IIDA Great Plains Chapter
People's Choice Award — Small Project Architectural Detail
AIA Nebraska