Here’s a collection of nine interesting and noteworthy branch design projects from banks and credit unions around the world — over 50 photos total!
Listerhill Credit Union – Student Branch
Listerhill Credit Union announced a partnership in July 2010 with the University of North Alabama to establish the Center for Financial Literacy on the University’s campus. Listerhill’s Center for Financial Literacy and The Hill, a student-run credit union featuring an account with the same name, will be housed upon the building’s completion in November 2013. Listerhill also currently has a student-run branch inside the Guillot University Center. This student branch, designed by Derse, is one of the nicest anywhere in the U.S. Brand design by Currency Marketing.
Westpac – Flagship Concept Branch
Entering Westpac’s new flagship store is more café than branch. Flooring resembles a wharf, and meeting rooms are named after waterside suburbs. The architects at Context were engaged to design a “big picture blue sky” concept branch for Westpac’s Auckland flagship site (in New Zealand). The concept was that the bank’s interior would act as a “market place” rather than the more office-like environment found in most banks. The sprawling 6,000 square foot space includes a “coffee caravan,” deck chairs, a “business shop window” and a variety of different spaces in which staff and customers can work separately or together. The coolest feature is the Lego replica of the Westpac-branded helicopter. There’s a great, in-depth write-up with more details about the space here.
Clearstar Financial – Modern Update
Unversed in the financial retail revolution, Clearstar’s branches were neutral, unbranded spaces that failed to capitalize on selling opportunities. Brand design firm Adrenaline changed all that with a bright, contemporary graphics, kiosks and merchandising displays that extended to floor-to-ceiling. Clearstar was closed by regulators back in 2009 — too bad, because they had one of the nicest brand identities in the credit union industry.