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mobank's Brookside Branch Earns Architectural Award

Monday November 21, 2011

mobank Brookside Branch The accolades keep rolling in for the architectural design of mobank’s Brookside branch.

The converted former auto dealership at 7 West 62nd Terrace is one of three Kansas City buildings to earn the 2011 honor award for design excellence presented by the American Institute of Architects/Kansas City. The annual awards are judged by an out-of-town panel of architecture professionals. The judges cited Helix Architecture + Design for the “energy and humanity” of the new life their design generated for the historic former Star Motors building.

The Brookside branch remodeling won its first award before it even opened. In February 2010, one month before opening, the "Art through Architecture" (AtA) program presented mobank with a "Gold Level" Art Achievement award - the highest level possible - for commissioning Archie Scott Gobber’s "“DREAM” wall art, the branch’s signature feature.

Gobber’s installation animates one long wall of the branch’s drive-thru lane, which runs straight through the center of the building. It features large-scale, hand-painted aluminum letters spelling “DREAM,” which appear to float off a brightly painted, horizontally-striped background spanning the length of the drive-thru, some 90 feet long.

The drive-thru incorporated the original design of the building, going directly through the old service garage. One major change: drive-thru and walk-in customers can see each other through an all-glass wall.

mobank’s Crossroads branch has earned its share of awards as well, earning both an AtA Gold Level award for the converted-billboard “Artboards” atop the building, and Gold-level LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification for the building, both in 2008.

In 2010, the Kansas City Business Journal published a story focusing on mobank’s unique approach to branch design, citing the branches’ “juxtaposition of performance and funkiness.”

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