First National Bank of St. Louis County - Chesterfield

Chesterfield, Missouri (1983)

First National Bank of St. Louis County - Chesterfield

Chesterfield, Missouri (1983)

The challenge in this project was to create a vibrant, quality building for a very cautious, cost-conscious client team. The solution grew out of our decision to use common motifs and materials in an uncommon composition that makes the 25,000 square foot building much more than the sum of its parts.

Upon entering, bank customers are greeted by deep greens, from the carpeting to the marble finishes to the fig trees that line the inside of the greenhouse window. The greens were chosen for their cool, corporate image, but also are intended to whimsically suggest cash and money growing on trees. A shallow barrel vault runs the length of the ceiling, stopping above massive verde aveur marble blocks from China.  A pediment at the top of the wall creates a ceremonial doorway to the bank’s massive vault. At the other end of the lobby a curved wall of glass block separates the lobby and conference room. All of these elements work together in a simple, uncluttered, and refined manner to offer bank employees and customers a sensible, yet lighthearted space.