Capitol Bank

Madison, Wisconsin

OPN Architects was engaged to help Capitol Bank realize their third branch location in Madison, Wisconsin. The tall volume of the bank forms the lobby as a welcoming and expansive entry for patrons. At the end of the lobby facing Eastpark Boulevard, a board room extends through the exterior façade. Clad in a rich patina metal panel, the board room is an icon on the exterior with the material paying homage to bank vaults of the past.

The volume of the bank allows for mechanical, electrical, and plumbing routing to occur above the ceiling of offices. As the building virtually has no back side, a recessed mechanical well in the bank roof houses all roof top mechanical units and screen them from view and eliminate ground level units around the building. Pushing the building to the front and parking to the back of the site allows for great transparency in and out of the building. This contemporary and urban infill is meant to create more density and influence future developments in the park to follow suit, aiding in the walkability and overall vitality of The American Center. The bank is accessed from the parking lot side of the building through a small courtyard. This provides a small area for waiting and reflection, and adds to the entry experience for patrons.

Two additional building entries off of the parking lot serve as access points to future tenant spaces. The two tenant entries connect to double high glass on the opposite side of the building along Eastpark Boulevard. The bank and adjacent tenant space speak to each other in materiality and form while providing distinct differences, allowing the bank to stand out. The dark bronze metal panels, exposed wood roof decking and structure, and brick creates a timeless material palette that ties the building together and complements other buildings at The American Center.

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