The new 12-story headquarters for the Royal Bank of Scotland in Stamford, Connecticut combines consumer banking, insurance and trading facilities under one roof. Located on a 4.25-acre riverfront site, the distinctive glass-steel-terracotta design makes a strong visual impact from Interstate 95, the busiest highway in the Northeast United States.
Unlike typical American financial centers, the wedge-shaped, mid-rise building eschews the common tower solution to US Banking facilities and focuses on the provision of a comfortable, healthy and sustainable working environment for its almost 3,000 occupants.
Unique features of the design include narrow and elongated floor plates that maximize daylight for inhabitants, the generous distribution of breakout rooms and various common spaces to foster interaction and communality, and an urban courtyard that serves as the roof for the two-story trading floor. A six-story glazed atrium containing escalators and meeting spaces acts as a vertical ‘town hall’ and also serves as an active, impromptu meeting space. The 60,000 sf amenities floor ties the composition together at courtyard level, offering dining, retail, and fitness facilities that overflow onto the rooftop garden.
An 8th floor amenities level provides a Fitness Center, Restaurant, Sports Bar, and Coffee Shop. The site also includes five stories of above-grade parking.