March 23, 2018

Fennie+Mehl Designs a Trailblazing Space in New York for Silicon Valley Bank

Trailblazers in their own industries, clients of Silicon Valley Bank wouldn’t be receptive to a traditional, old-school atmosphere. Architecture and interior design firm Fennie+Mehl looked instead to telegraph energy and dynamism at a New York location. Led by senior associate Jaclyn Guasco, the firm began at the entry, where visitors are greeted by SVB staff with a handshake. Instead of a large desk, Fennie+Mehl placed a custom sectional beneath an aluminum canopy integrating LED fixtures. A video screen depicts fast-paced urban environments, a theme that continues into the other zones. “We created a blue-branded kinetic ribbon of imagery that directs attention throughout the space,” Guasco says. Fennie+Mehl also worked with a local muralist to transform the boardroom wall into a brand statement with a street art vibe. The firm has done several other locations for SVB, all with the intent to welcome and inspire.  

ENV: Architect of Record.

LED linear fixtures are integrated into a custom aluminum canopy in the reception area. Photography by Eric Laignel.
On a meeting room’s glass walls, artwork by the firm is digitally printed on vinyl film. Photography by Eric Laignel.
A work by mural artist Vizie was commissioned for the boardroom’s brick wall. Photography by Eric Laignel.
Pendant fixtures by Michael Anastassiades illuminate booths in the café. Photography by Eric Laignel. 
Meeting room chairs are by Lievore Altherr Molina. Photography by Eric Laignel. 
Engineered white oak clads the wall and ceiling of a break-out area. Photography by Eric Laignel. 
An LED floor lamp in a meeting room is powder-coated steel, brass, and glass. Photography by Eric Laignel.

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