Wells Fargo Bank @ Four Points First Award-Commercial Division / Austin Business Journal Design Award
Wells Fargo requested a new branch banking facility with a strong sense of place appropriate tothe Texas hill country and the unique character of Austin. The long steel structure with standing seam roof is evocative of barns and industrial structures in the area. Large stone from a local quarry was selected and laid up in a traditional German smear manner. However, these elements are articulated in a modern idiom with glass/aluminum storefront, steel solar elements, exposed spiral ductwork, state-of-the-art lighting and maple-veneer paneling. The massing of the building reflects the functional program areas. For example, imposing masonry-clad volumes enclose the secure ‘back of house’ functions and vaults. By contrast, the banking hall and retail areas are open, light-filled and rendered in steel and glass.
Architect: Barbee Architects / Andrew Hinman, Project Architect