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BankUnited

Miami Beach, FL

Bank United’s Miami flagship boutique bank is a study in contrast and contradiction. Housed within a 4,000 square foot 1920’s garage building shell, the new insertion includes an angled division of spaces and elements in stark opposition to the existing rigorous structural grid and regular window bays. These diverging interior elements slice through the building, emphasizing the entry courtyard and culminating in the floating teller counter.

The columnless space is spanned by existing exposed heavy steel girders and a chaotic network of naturally finished wood ceiling joists to create a warm backdrop for the new pristine white limestone and aluminum and glass partitions below. The existing cast concrete structure and concrete masonry unit walls are revealed in all their imperfection to contradict the sharp new window boxes, modern elements and furniture. New partitions delineating the conference room, guest and managers’ offices float free of the existing structure, becoming the jewel within the rough. All other secure program areas such as the Coupon Booth, Vault, Teller Counter, Teller Work area, Employee Lounge, bathrooms and storage areas are concealed within a low volume crouched in the corner of the space, requiring strict coordination and compliance with Bank United’s security standards. 

The finishes selected use a classic combination of smooth white limestone, stark aluminum lines, large teak panels and neutral-toned furniture to create a dynamic and spacious, yet warm environment. The glowing interior is also celebrated during the evening with the conference lighting emanating to the street, creating visual interest near the façade, while strong linear ceiling light patterns exemplify the juxtaposition of the old with the new.

Bank United’s Miami flagship boutique bank is a study in contrast and contradiction. Housed within a 4,000 square foot 1920’s garage building shell, the new insertion includes an angled division of spaces and elements in stark opposition to the existing rigorous structural grid and regular window bays. These diverging interior elements slice through the building, emphasizing the entry courtyard and culminating in the floating teller counter.

The columnless space is spanned by existing exposed heavy steel girders and a chaotic network of naturally finished wood ceiling joists to create a warm backdrop for the new pristine white limestone and aluminum and glass partitions below. The existing cast concrete structure and concrete masonry unit walls are revealed in all their imperfection to contradict the sharp new window boxes, modern elements and furniture. New partitions delineating the conference room, guest and managers’ offices float free of the existing structure, becoming the jewel within the rough. All other secure program areas such as the Coupon Booth, Vault, Teller Counter, Teller Work area, Employee Lounge, bathrooms and storage areas are concealed within a low volume crouched in the corner of the space, requiring strict coordination and compliance with Bank United’s security standards. 

The finishes selected use a classic combination of smooth white limestone, stark aluminum lines, large teak panels and neutral-toned furniture to create a dynamic and spacious, yet warm environment. The glowing interior is also celebrated during the evening with the conference lighting emanating to the street, creating visual interest near the façade, while strong linear ceiling light patterns exemplify the juxtaposition of the old with the new.