The Preston Center building provides both a headquarters for a community bank holding company as well as a working branch. The final design reflects this duality, with the branch bank situated on the ground floor and the headquarter function on the second- a distinction apparent in both the building’s massing and skin. The ground floor (branch bank) is comprised of a relatively solid stucco form, punctuated by a series of arched openings. This form morphs into a freestanding wall at the southern end, reinforcing it as a distinct element, while providing a substantive screen for the drive-thru function. The second floor headquarter offices become a glass ribbon caught between the building’s base and the roof. A solid two-story mass of West Texas limestone “bookends” the entire composition, with its oversized rough-hewn blocks providing an image of permanence, substance and stability on the Northwest Highway frontage.
The interior is characterized by contemporary lines and warm, tactile materials. Both the West Texas limestone and stucco carry through to the interior, along with stone flooring and natural woods, all of which mirror the bank’s warm, yet straightforward business ethos.