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World Savings Bank

Photos & Links: (Web Page 1)
Las Vegas, NV
Completed: 2006-08
Cost: $817,230
Owners: World Savings Bank
Contractors: Architect: Carpenter Sellers Architects
Interior designer: World Savings Bank
Landscape architect: Sage Design Studio
Structural engineer: Barker Drohar
Electrical engineer: TJ Knub
Civil engineer: Maples Design Group
General contractor: LF Harris
Description: Where there is any one great building, there is usually a great client. Where there are 3 great clients on one building, you need perseverance. This theme seemed quite applicable and was the greatest hurdle for the design of World Savings Bank-Aliante. Our challenge was to create a design that responded to all of the requirements set forth by the owner, the developer, and the design criteria of the local jurisdiction.

Our mission was to explore ideas that find alignment with each partís goals. Many concept (and even goals) we questioned, tested and critically challenges before a final idea began to reveal itself. The design consists of an economical wood framed and plastered rectangular box with cantilevered repetitive members, allowing expansive storefront below. The rectangular mass has been rotated in the orientation most protected from the sun while addressing signage opportunities to visually strategic locations. A vertical mass clad in horizontal bands porcelain tile (in lieu of the required false veneer stone) has been extruded upward to create further solar protections from the afternoon sun along with creating a balanced massing composition. Weathering steel was another non-maintenance exterior skin that was accepted and utilized in the upper and outer portions of the inverted and cantilevered trusses. It seems the most successful solutions are the most simplest of ideas. However, the simplest ideas seem to be the most difficult to uncover.
Award(s) Won:
Extra Note: AIA Nevada Design Awards (2006) Entry No. B06008, Submission.
UNLV Architecture Studies Library holds: Form Core Boards, Project Identification Form, Photo Release Form, Intern Compensation Disclaimer Form, Project Entry Form, Exteriors Photos, Site Plan, Floor Plans, Interior Photos and CD

"Nevada Best of 2007: World Savings Bank - Aliante." Southwest Contractor. December 2007: 76.