Consumers Credit Union Headquarters
Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA
This headquarters building is the first phase
regional vernacular and protects the structure
the full experience of the forest and a sense
of a new campus for Consumers Credit Union.
from harsh northwest winds. Window boxes
of discovery upon arrival. A series of trails
The design emphasizes flexibility, interactivity
provide daylight and views for meeting rooms
connects users to the natural surroundings.
and connections to nature.
while projecting a dynamic display of light
Annual EUI: 63 kBTU / sf / yr Situated on a heavily forested 22-acre site at
patterning visible to those experiencing the
The flexible master plan can accommodate
building from the freeway.
expansion of up to 300,000 square feet.
The Groves business park, the building forms a bridge across the hills. This preserves the
To take advantage of sunlight during
natural topography and watershed through the
Michiganâ€™s lengthy fall and winter seasons,
valley to a retention pond. To further protect
the interior environment is organized around a
the forested land, the design consolidates the
three-story, south-facing atrium. As the heart
significant parking requirement into a single
of the office, the atrium culminates in a large
structure recessed into the siteâ€™s largest hill.
ceremonial stair that serves as an informal auditorium and company gathering space.
The brick, metal, glass and concrete palette
â—„ concept design study model
gives simplicity to the building composition.
The minimalist site design focuses formal
On the southern facade, the glass curtain
landscape spaces under and around the
wall maximizes natural light and views,
building, protecting the plant life from harsh
reinforcing the verticality of the forest. A
weather. Visitors access the building from
brick facade along the north builds on the
a meandering approach road that provides
2016 design annual
90,000 sq. ft. / 8,360 sq. m.