Originally established in 1913, Flanagan State Bank commissioned Scharnett Architects & Associates to design a new stand-alone structure to blend new and old. In addition to the exterior and interior elements of the building, the architectural design also included landscaping and signage. Honoring the agricultural community, the sign brings in elements of soybean farming the vertical structure next to the front entrance symbolizing a grain elevator shaft. The shingles and metal caps are balanced by the warmth of red brick outside and deep oak accents inside. Those from bigger cities may not realize the way banks have historically served as community centers and Flanagan is no exception. The basement has a full kitchen and gathering room which can be rented for parties and events.
It is important to balance both visibility and privacy within a public bank environment. By adding windows to the corner of offices, and the open atrium on the second floor, we allow visibility into the main lobby as well as more natural light.
Warm colored lighting, a stone fireplace, deep woods, and a community space were all intentionally designed to ensure the bank is a place that is inviting, not intimidating. Banks in smaller towns have an opportunity to not only help its residents with their finances, but be a gathering place and double as a community center for all. Design details can help communicate the open nature of your business.
Inspired by the local agricultural community, the logo and sign for Flanagan State Bank incorporate elements of soybean leaves in the front and corn stalks in the background. It is strategically placed at the top of a column intended to evoke thoughts of grain elevators and silos you can see throughout the county. This along with abundant windows facing the fields are a reminder to employees of the community they serve and where they came from.