A New Nod to the Old
APMA worked to design a new branch for Bank Iowa that captured the institution’s modern and progressive culture, while remaining contextually sensitive to the historic downtown. The team tackled two main challenges: working in the tight confines of a downtown site (with a heavy slope and next to a historic building), and marrying the client’s desire for modern design with the neighborhood’s desire for more traditional elements. A brick parapet and reveal coping detail is a nod to the historic architecture of the area, with large glazed corner storefront and cantilevering glass canopy creating a modern corner. The use of dark metal panel and large glass expanses elsewhere also contributed to the building’s more modern aesthetic.
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A floor-to-floor opening topped with a skylight draws natural light into all corners of the building while a custom-designed light fixture adds a warm glow and visual interest to the expansive space. Simple furniture in a neutral palette, stone and wood accents blur the line between the modern and traditional creating an inviting space that complements its surroundings while adding to the vibrancy and bustle of the neighborhood.
Photography by APMA Erin Giannangelo
Say It Loud
March 16, 2021
Congratulations to our own Chandler Sanders and Audrey Buckley for being featured alongside other deserving designers in this year’s Say It Loud – Beyond the Built Environment Online Exhibition. Follow the link to view the entire selection of winners!
November 20, 2020
Welcome to new APMA-ers Adam and Savannah! Adam is the third Adam in our office, but we only have one Savannah…so far. Hop on over to our people page to learn more about them.
AIA NE Award
November 19, 2020
Congratulations to Swanson Elementary School – celebrated with an Architecture Honor Award in this year’s AIA Nebraska Awards program!
Tiny Home Village
October 16, 2020
APMA, Arch Icon Developement and the Siena Francis House are working together on the first tiny home village in Omaha! 50 units will soon rise near 16th and Charles Street.
AIA CSR Awards
September 28, 2020
At the 2020 (virtual) AIA Central States Awards The Hoff Family Arts and Culture Center picked up a Merit award in the Historic Preservation/Adaptive Reuse category and the jury commented: “We enjoyed the Hoff Cultural Center for its ability to abstract the new…to expose the historical.” Congrats to Pottawattamie Arts, Culture and Entertainment and the entire project team!
Say It Loud
September 10, 2020
Congratulations to our own Jenny Zimmer, Jean Vacha and Megan Lutz for being featured alongside other deserving designers in this year’s Say It Loud – Beyond the Built Environment Online Exhibition. Follow the link to view the entire selection of winners!