People’s Bank Branch, Kollupitiya
Awarded through a winning bid entry, the People’s Bank Branch in Colombo 3 is a twelve storey office cum residential building with a basement, integrated parking tower and multiple mezzanine levels, housing executive suites and apartments in the upper levels, capped off by an expansive VIP lounge at the top. The architectural concept, delineating a building outcome that embraces sustainability and progression in all aspects of the design, was derived from the core values represented by the client body as a leading banker empowering the nation.
Located on a tight, linear corner plot along Galle Road abutting Bagatalle Road, the site planning of the building focuses on creating a permeable and welcoming entry to engage customers at the ground level. Landscaped areas, a shaded arcade and a double height lobby add to render a pleasant and approachable entry experience.
The visually expressed peripheral structure and integrated façade-a representation of the stability of the bank and the strength it provides to its clients-creates an iconic visual image. A simple frame & infill arrangement of angled solid panels makes up the outer envelope which balances view potential and mitigates solar heat gain through recessed shaded glazing. The repetitive façade reveals a few variations that accommodate the diverse functions and is the key element that defines the building’s unique aesthetic. The interspersed green pockets are a hint of the bank’s deep commitment to sustainability and the integrated green design strategies applied in the building.