Designing a bank lobby to be more friendly

While the original design of this bank lobby was beautiful, it was by no means practical. In the middle was a large rock fireplace that completely blocked the view between the receptionist desk and the seating area. To speak to the people waiting she had to get up from her desk and walk around the fireplace. Another problem was the need for more offices in the same space.

Because I have never designed banks before, I needed to aproach this project carefully. I asked if I could sit in the lobby for a couple hours and watch the flow of people during the business day.

I had another concern: The fireplace was the "focal point" of the lobby and it needed to be replaced with something else just as interesting. While I was sitting in the lobby I noticed the word "community" in their name. What could I design that reflected that idea? I thought of an exciting idea: By changing the plan, I could put the new focal point behind the receptionist. This would attract the customers' attention to the receptionist, who greets everyone as they enter. To emphasize their middle name, "community", I suggested a feature that would resemble a stage, providing a display area for local artists and events. Their logo would be prominently displayed on the rock wall backdrop, lit up by hidden lighting. This would get their name in the paper whenever photographs were taken of the artists' displays. This would also provide the perfect backdrop for newspaper photographs of giving donations to charities. They have received many complements on their beautified lobby. The photos show the display of a local potographer.

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