Community Bank; Projecting Perspectives
Studio Work, Spring 2016


                The site is situated where it not only demarcates an end of a larger linear Nicolett Mall Project, wanting to become an iconic gathering place with a public park planned to occupy most of the site but also projects to function as a grand connection between the mall and the rest of Minneapolis. The project hopes to function as both an end and a new beginning.

Exterior Rendering 

                The project exploits a perspectival projection where there exist points of projection, regular cubes, and a series of planar plates, resulting in a few spatial conditions. First is an eccentric pyramidal core that embodies both public and private circulations and transitional spaces such as the teller. Second is a series of ruptures working centrifugally from the core to create interstitial spaces that allow spatial separation while allowing visual porosity both vertically and horizontally.

Site Plan

Exterior Rendering

                Visitors first approach the project through a gentle slope down into the main public staircase, exposed to the gridded ground and neutral field of façade that blends into the surrounding site - the line of ruptures is not much exposed until at night. As approaching the staircase, they experience geometry of the ruptured plates, again gridded, and in a gap between the plates and the exterior façade.

Circulation Diagram

                Both public and private circulations are embodied within the eccentric core - public aligns with the line of projection resulting in an oblique geometry whereas the private staircase wraps around the elevator core with a rather orthogonal geometry. In such discrepancy, they are physically separated while in constant visual interaction. Finally, the circulation creates a direct connection between the exterior public park to the waiting area and the waiting area to the open-air court as a way of challenging programmatic possibilities of a community bank to be more public. Moreover, the private circulation makes a direct connection between the shipping and the teller, and teller to office.



                The core embodies both the teller and the kitchen. While having vertical porosity that not only allows natural light but also visually marks one’s presence, the core functions as a transitional space where the teller connects the public waiting area to the vault, and the lounge connects office space out into the outdoor court.


Interior Rendering - Lobby Entrance


                Vault is probably the most exceptional space in the building to meet the programmatic requirement and maintain a level of security. The vault is bounded by two ruptures coming from two opposite directions; however, the ruptures, rather than simply creating a bounded space, also affect both spaces above and below.

                They affect the experience coming in and out of the building where one entering into the waiting area experiences a constant opening up and widening of space while seeing a slope of the ceiling that extends in perspective. In such experience, there exists a depth of space toward the central core, reinforcing the centrifugal movement from the center.


                As a way of reinforcing the method, lines of perspectival projections were solidified as a series of beams piercing through the layers of plates, physically breaking the boundary. At the same time, orthogonal projections result in vertical columns. Such juxtaposition of the two projections starts to synthesize and produce a total system that guides an interior organization of the design.

Model Photo

                Once episodic yet coherent, the totality of space is achieved through projections resulting in both ruptures and experiences that connect physically separated spaces through visual porosity. And, the wholeness of an object that allows such experience is never fully realized, however, allows different perceptual possibilities with an emphasis on perception and experience.

 Diagram - Perspective