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Orion Federal Credit Union, Memphis, Tenn.

Photo: Hank Mardukas

The owner of Orion Federal Credit Union wanted to establish a presence on a small street corner lot, a site previously occupied by a gas station. The building sits along a busy arterial street, positioned at a slight bend.

Archimania’s design considered the effects the project has on pedestrians, cyclists and motorists. It connected inside and outside spaces of the 4,237-square-foot project with shifting volumes and ribbons of metal panels.

The building massing is comprised of two interior volumes linked to two covered exterior spaces. It has a glazed banking hall and more closed support structure. The glazed volume opens to an adjacent corner and welcomes pedestrians. The closed volume has a canopy for drive-through banking and slides away from the street, creating a pocket park between a parking area and covered building entry.

Archimania designed the exterior walls with ribbons of sawtooth zinc panels. The ribbons are organized in alternating courses to exaggerate movement, wall depth and shifting of the volumes. Brick forms support the metal curtain and create a variety of interior/exterior interaction spaces.

For the ribbons of panels, Ralph Jones Sheet Metal Inc. fabricated and installed 2,592 square feet of Millennium Forms LLC’s 24-gauge, Zalmag-coated steel panels with a Pre-Patina II finish. Additionally, Ralph Jones Sheet Metal fabricated and installed custom Zalmag panels, CNC-broken metal panels and trim. The project was completed in October 2016.