People’s Bank Head Office
The new headquarters tower for People’s Bank was conceptualized as a statement of confidence that showcases the stature reflective of the Head Office of a long standing and reputed State Bank.
Located on a corner plot along the vibrant Union Place abutting Hyde Park Corner, the tower’s splayed entrance responds to the site’s curvature, creating a warm and inviting threshold. The linear, twenty-two storied building form is characterized by the splayed edge which continues halfway up the tower leading to a gradually decreasing floor plate resulting in a distinct silhouette against the Colombo skyline.
The form of the tower is equally driven by the needs of the bank. The spatial arrangement is tailored to the Bank’s organisational structure, while providing the flexibility to anticipate and respond to future change and growth.
The tower houses a spacious reception along with information counters and a self-banking area at ground level, thirteen office levels including a premier bank branch at the first level, a fully-fledged state of the art auditorium with 250 seating capacity, a dedicated staff dining level, a central UPS server, BMS & IT services level, 2 executive levels with a double height roof garden and a shrine room and studio at the apex level. Parking is provided on 3 basement levels.
The interior was envisioned to strike a good balance between the functional solidity of a state-owned financial institution and the welcoming warmth of a banking brand that feels the pulse of the people. Statement art pieces from the bank’s collection have been incorporated into the interior design as a reflection of the bank’s commitment to preserving its legacy while embracing the future.