GLENDALE FEDERAL BANK HEADQUARTERS

Glendale, CA

Glendale Federal Bank sought to remodel a 1950’s midrise office building at a prominent intersection (Brand and Lexington) in the Glendale central business district for the Company Headquarters. The existing structure has bold articulated massing and addresses its corner location successfully. However, it falls short of its full civic potential due to weaknesses in the realization of the original concept, unsympathetic remodeling, a dated (somewhat dilapidated) color scheme and minimal relationship with the adjacent public thoroughfares.  In addition many of the climate control systems are functioning poorly, or are inefficient and wasteful by current standards.

The proposed exterior remodel recognizes the strengths of the original design concept and seeks to clarify the compositional elements (BASE, OFFICE BLOCK, TOWER and DRUM), enhance its positive qualities and resolve the deficiencies.