Pentagram’s Lorenzo Apicella gives his thoughtful perspective on architecture expressed through the branches and buildings he has created for M&T Bank. Apicella reflects on how a commissioned building needs to service both the organisation for which it is created and the environment in which it lives.
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A new entrance vestibule to Minoru Yamasaki’s M&T Bank headquarters in downtown Buffalo has recently been completed to a design by Pentagram partner Lorenzo Apicella.
Located on Washington St., behind a grand banking hall facing a public plaza on Main Street, the vestibule is significantly larger than the original built in 1967. Where narrow exterior stairs previously led to a simple entrance lobby, two wider stairs now lead to two entrance lobbies, seating areas, and secure access controls into the building’s elevator lobby. The materials and details of this larger vestibule draw directly however from those of the original, and its form and siting aim to enhance the original experience of entering the building from the street.
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Pentagram’s Lorenzo Apicella has designed a new branch for M&T Bank in Newburgh, New York. The branch is the sixth to be completed using our design language for M&T, testing its adaptability and visual impact across a wide spectrum of site types and branch sizes.
Apicella has worked with M&T since 2008 to develop a distinctive brand language for the bank and its branches, to help set M&T apart from its competitors and create a 360-degree experience of the brand. The architecture demonstrates the core values of M&T with a forward-looking design that communicates both openness and security. Like M&T’s other new branches, the building has been constructed to Leadership in Energy and Environment Design (LEED) standards.
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The latest of Lorenzo Apicella’s new branch buildings for M&T Bank has recently opened in East New York, Brooklyn.
Using the by now familiar language of all M&T’s new branches, this 4,500 sq ft building has been configured to work within a prominent urban setting on the corner of Atlantic Avenue and New Jersey Avenue.
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Construction is underway on a 4,500-square-foot branch of M&T Bank in central Brooklyn. The new branch designed by Pentagram’s Lorenzo Apicella is the first of three to be rolled out after the success of his flagship Southgate Branch in West Seneca, NY, which opened last April. The components of Southgate were designed to be adaptable for variable branch sizes and site contexts; in Brooklyn they have been configured to work within a prominent urban setting at the corner of Atlantic and New Jersey Avenues.
As with M&T’s other new branches the building will be constructed to Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design standards (LEED) established by the U.S. Green Building Council. LEED is a rating system distinguishing high-performance buildings with less impact on the environment.
Lorenzo Apicella was asked to design a new flagship branch building for M&T Bank that would capture the essence of M&T’s core values with a design that would endure well into the future, differentiating M&T from its competitors with a distinct and compelling image.
It was agreed that this flagship branch, located in West Seneca, New York, would be the model for all future branch construction and renovation. As an architectural prototype the branch design needed to be adaptable to variable future site conditions and business needs. It also had to meet M&T’s environmental goal of having a low carbon footprint, consuming as little energy as possible and producing minimal amounts of waste. The completed building is anticipated to achieve an LEED Gold rating.
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M&T Bank officially opened its newest branch at Southgate Plaza in West Seneca, New York, this week, the first branch built with a contemporary new design by Pentagram Partner Lorenzo Apicella serving as a model for future branch construction and renovation.
The new 9100 sq ft building was constructed to Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design standards (LEED) established by the U.S. Green Building Council and will soon be LEED registered. LEED is a rating system distinguishing high-performance buildings with less impact on the environment. The project was designed by Apicella and his team in San Francisco and London. Local AOR’s were HHL and Kideney.
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Lorenzo Apicella and his team in San Francisco and London have designed a new flagship branch for M&T Bank in Buffalo, New York. The 9,100 sq foot building is due for completion by year’s end and will serve as the model for all of the bank’s future branch construction and renovation.
“This new design language is deliberately more contemporary and expressive than M&T’s present branch architecture,” says Apicella. “Its inspiration, however, was the architecture of numerous enduring financial institutions—not least of all that of M&T’s own iconic Buffalo headquarters.”
Apicella’s team is working with local architects of record Kideney and HHL on the project.