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Santa Rosa, CA | Complete | AIA Redwood Empire Chapter, Merit Award

This prominent downtown Santa Rosa project transformed the former Traverso’s delicatessen into the new Headquarters Branch for Luther Burbank Savings. Located on the same block as TLCD Architecture’s Museum on the Square, it is a key element of the revitalization of Santa Rosa’s downtown. These two projects, while dramatically different in size and appearance, are united by a clean, sophisticated modern design aesthetic.

The body of the Luther Burbank Savings building features a stunning reddish-brown exterior wood veneer rainscreen. All other building elements such as fascia, canopies, and window frames are aluminum. Overhead aluminum trellises cast ever-changing shadows on the exterior walls.

Clerestory art glass by Santa Rosa artist Ellen Blakeley is located above a sitting area near the teller windows. The installation is comprised of twenty-one colorful panels that incorporate leaves sourced from nearby Luther Burbank Gardens. 

The landscape design is decidedly urban in character. Strategically located stone slabs salvaged from Union Square in San Francisco contribute a strong architectural approach to the landscape. The parking lot is paved with colored concrete, with individual stalls delineated by paving stones. The parking lot is enclosed and separated from the adjacent transit mall on two sides by a perforated aluminum fence, and along the street frontage by a slatted wood fence. Parking lot lighting is discreetly located in the trees.

AIA Redwood Empire Chapter | 2014 Merit Award