Capital One Bank & Café

Santa Monica
Photo © John Linden
 
 
Photo © John Linden
 
 
Photo © John Linden
 
 
Photo © John Linden
 
 
Photo © John Linden
 
 
Photo © John Linden
 
 
Photo © John Linden
 
 
Photo © John Linden
 
 
Photo © John Linden
 
 
Photo © John Linden
 
 
Photo © John Linden
 
 
Photo © John Linden
 
 
Photo © John Linden
 
 
Architects
Gwynne Pugh Urban Studio
Address
4th & Broadway, Santa Monica
Year
2017

The new Capital One Bank at the corner of 4th & Broadway in downtown Santa Monica harmoniously blends a twist on a modern mid-century style design within the existing streetscape with a low-scale, two-story commercial building. The new 8,400 square foot, 2-story building echoes the character of a mid-century bank while creating a new ‘concept’ in banking. The café and bank combination will serve as a “third place” for the community - a place where people come to spend time outside of their home and work.

The primitive volume is excavated at the corner to maximize the pedestrian oriented nature within the urban setting. The ground floor entry plaza is inset approximately 9’ from the existing sidewalk with a NanaWall folding door system that accentuates the presence of the entry and provides a focal pedestrian entrance. The ground floor is fully transparent while the rest of the building composition plays with the transparency by incorporating partially screened louvers and solid walls clad with glazed brick tiles. Along the Broadway elevation, the majority of the building façade on both the first and second floors are comprised of clear anodized low glazed aluminum windows with fixed, non-operable 1’-2’ spaced powder coated white aluminum louvers that cover the windows, while the rear portion of the building façade is comprised of glossy winter white glazed brick tiles. Along the 4th Street elevation, the upper level building walls are finished in the same glossy white glazed brick tiles while the ground level is finished with fixed clear anodized low glazed aluminum windows, and an entry swing door that leads into a vestibule area.

The modest proportions of the proposed building blends well with the existing downtown environment and provides relief to an intersection that is developed with multi-story developments. The design adds to the storefront rhythm of the immediate area and adds a contemporary building to the variety of architectural styles that exist in the downtown area.

The bank was unanimously passed by the notoriously hard-to-please Architectural Review Board in Santa Monica. The following is a sampling of the comments from that August 3rd, 2015 board meeting: “A breath of fresh air for downtown Santa Monica”; “It is refreshing to see a project that does not attempt to build 4 stories on a corner lot in downtown Santa Monica, preserving views of the sky”; and “The building responds well to the urban environment: the folding glass wall works well in connecting the interior to the pedestrian neighborhood, and so does locating the cafe towards the corner of Broadway and 4th street.”

Client
Century West Partners
Interior Design
IA Interior Architects
Structural Engineer
John A. Martin & Associates
M & P Engineer
E2Di
Electrical Engineer
Eric Percic
Civil Engineering
KPFF Engineers
General Contractor
W.E. O’Neil