Here is a collection of fascinating and innovative retail branch concepts from banks and credit unions — nearly 100 photos of a dozen different projects spanning the globe, from the U.S., Australia, Canada, France, Sweden, Japan, Poland, South Africa, Brazil, Bulgaria and Slovakia.
Westpac – Chalkboard Community
This branch design in Sydney is part of a cultural change to bring banking “back to a local level.” To create community connections at a local level, the design uses three different material palettes. Each palette is specific to the branch’s context — city, suburban or regional — while respecting the history and individuality of each branch building. The Kent Street branch shown here, designed by uses the ‘city’ palette.
The unusual chalkboard signage (what Westpac calls“conversation starters”) has also been used by State Farm in a crazy, cool community-centric “store” design.