Building History Into a Powerful Brand

Metropolitan Capital Bank, Chicago, IL

Renovating a historic national landmark – building in the Tree Studios – Metropolitan Capital Bank opened a new bank location to enter a marketplace for the emerging affluent. The bank needed to represent the contemporary image of the owner while preserving the artistic history of the space, pass numerous landmark reviews and address extensive security concerns.

The result achieves the client’s goal to create a sophisticated environment that acts as a studio for financial services. The space expresses stability, yet is inviting and fosters innovation in designing customized solutions for each customer’s needs.


[The design] very effectively preserved the traditional beauty of the past while harmoniously integrating the technology and conveniences of the present…that the space seems both ageless and timeless.

Michael Rose, Chief Executive Officer