Second Federal Savings

Logan Square, Chicago IL

Type:financial institution
Services:planning, architectural & interior design,
construction administration
Materials:metal panel system, steel, glazed masonry

Asked to sit on the Board of Directors and assist the community bank's strategic plan of expansion into the Mexican-American market it wished to serve, a planning and architectural opportunity to design a series of culturally branded branches was undertaken.

In assisting the client with site selection, a difficult urban location was penetrated by purchasing and subdividing a larger suitable site that resulted in significant lower land costs for the bank's use.

The building's design challenge was realized with an exterior form that recalls a familiar Mexican-Mayan cultural icon, the 'ziggurat', while simultaneously providing a layered, bright and spacious interior lobby space able to accommodate community social functions as well as provide banking services.