The Peoples United Bank project is located on the 16th floor of a tall building that was originally design by Richard Meier, an internationally prominent contemporary architect, in the 1980’s specifically for Peoples United Bank. It was his first tall building, combining white porcelain panels, Stony Creek red granite and glass blocks. The result is an elegant collection of forms that defines the Bridgeport CT skyline. The building includes co-opting the Barnum and Bailey Museum as a beautiful historic homage set against the stark white façade of this very modern office building. The tower is unique because it relies on a radial structural frame that was intertwined with a standard orthogonal structural frame, making for some interesting spaces at the confluence of these two geometric systems. The building is an important icon of Peoples United Bank and an integral part of Bridgeport’s city context.
As time passed, the building aged and internal programs changed so the CEO of the Bank retained Jonathan Wagner Architects to refresh many key interior spaces by introducing a subtly new aesthetic while retaining the overall underlying theme of the building’s original creator. Jonathan Wagner Architects, along with renown interior designer Robin McGarry, retained Richard Turlington Architects to assist with technical consulting and some limited construction observation throughout several interior renovation projects throughout the building. The most privately notable renovation is a complete revamp of the entire 14,000sf, 16th floor for the core executive group that managed the large financial institution spread out through New England.
The interior palette used quarter sawn white oak, plush wool carpeting, subtle plasterwork, overly thick doors, wood ceilings, custom lighting and attention to details that belies a very successful financial institution.
Richard Turlington Architects detailed the relationships between materials so their juxtaposition maintained a respect of the original modern character while introducing a more informal and whimsical approach form and surface.