We designed this small drive-through branch for a regional bank with a long history of supporting innovative architecture. Sited on a commercial strip surrounded by big-box stores, we set a glass volume on top of and perpendicular to a brick volume that housed the banking hall below.
The dramatic lighting of the channel glass allowed the building an iconic visibility beyond the limits of its physical size. This same glass volume creates a generously day lit hall for customers inside and dramatic canopy for drive-through customers outside.
Key People
Marc Leff
Project Lead
Collaborators

Todd Williams & Associates P.C. Architects

Architect of Record

Recognition

Design Award for Architecture

AIANY 2009

Design Award for Commercial Architecture

AIA New York State 2009

Wallpaper

August 2006

Fréttablaðið (Iceland)

October 14, 2006

Architecture Magazine

July, 2006

Dwell

July/August 2006

Atlas of 21st Century Architecture

Phaidon Press, 2011

Interior World Magazine (South Korea)

December 2007

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Drawings

Bird's eye photograph of building site and context
Ground floor plan.
Building section drawing through drive-through area.
Building section drawing through drive-through teller area.

Irwin Union Bank was featured in Columbus (2017), directed by Kogonada. The movie narrates an unexpected friendship between Jin, who comes to Columbus to take care of his ailing father, and Casey, a young woman with a passion for modernist architecture.

The two characters tour the modernist landmarks of the city, including the First Christian Church by Eliel Saarinen, the Miller house (1957) by Eero Saarinen, and the Cleo Rogers Memorial Library (1969) by I. M. Pei. Using architecture not only as a scenic backdrop and cinematographic language, but also an integral component of the plot, Kogonada narrates and curates modernist architecture in rural America, woven into the serene drama of estranged family and romance.