Aerial View of Outdoor Space
Oudoor Patio
Main Entry
Front Entrance
South Elevation

Farmer's State Bank - Helena

helena, montana

Housing two lease spaces as well as their latest branch, SMA Architects and Jackson Contractors Group teamed up to activate an entire site for Farmers State Bank Helena. This 12,000 square foot complex was designed around a central glass atrium hosting a bright public gathering space opening to a patio and all three spaces through a series of overhead doors. Inspired by steampunk culture, the parts and pieces of the building come to the forefront to highlight the story of the construction and add a whimsical element to the entire project. A two-story brick lobby sets the stage for the bank’s main customer interaction space featuring a large antique vault and two totally steampunk custom teller pods -- making a statement in the center of the room. The material selection was paramount in creating the full experience of the owners’ goals for a unique and unexpected banking experience.

The site features two outdoor gathering spaces. To the west, a food truck pavilion flanks the main entry with plenty of space on the raised patio to accommodate the truck de jour, as well as the dram shop located in one of the accompanying lease spaces. The second patio is located just off the central glass atrium sandwiched between the dram shop and a coffee shop located in the other lease space making it a hot spot for social collision at all hours of operation. With all the outdoor amenities, dramatic and unexpected interior experiences, and variety of functions, this banking experience is truly unlike any other.

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