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Bernheimer Architecture, d/b/A designbuild Renovate Credit Union on New York's Lower East Side

03 July, 2013

-By Holly O'Dell


Bernheimer Architecture and d/b/A design build have transformed an outdated bank facility into the Lower East Side People’s Federal Credit Union (LESPFCU) in New York. desigNYC, an organization that connects designers interested in providing pro bono services with nonprofits serving the public good, orchestrated the project. LESPFCU sought a renovation that would retain some of the original space’s historic features while implementing important upgrades.


Photo by Aislinn Weidele


"We wanted to bring a modern aesthetic to our space but not a sterile one,” says Linda Levy, CEO of the LESPFCU. “We did not want to lose the homey feeling of the building that's important to our members, the warmth of the original wood wainscoting, the patina, and the murals painted by one of our members and installed since the mid-80s. The design team really worked with us to accomplish that balance beautifully."


Photo by Aislinn Weidele


Bernheimer Architecture and d/b/A design build re-created spaces that emphasized privacy and circulation. New custom built-in benches and a greeter desk adorn the revamped lobby, while custom-made bent metal shrouds house a lighting scheme designed in conjunction with Sylvania and Bartco. Emblazoned with a laser cut of the credit union’s logo, a slightly transparent Corian partition shows hints of movement while providing security for the back-office area.




Bernheimer Architecture, d/b/A designbuild Renovate Credit Union on New York's Lower East Side

03 July, 2013


Bernheimer Architecture and d/b/A design build have transformed an outdated bank facility into the Lower East Side People’s Federal Credit Union (LESPFCU) in New York. desigNYC, an organization that connects designers interested in providing pro bono services with nonprofits serving the public good, orchestrated the project. LESPFCU sought a renovation that would retain some of the original space’s historic features while implementing important upgrades.


Photo by Aislinn Weidele


"We wanted to bring a modern aesthetic to our space but not a sterile one,” says Linda Levy, CEO of the LESPFCU. “We did not want to lose the homey feeling of the building that's important to our members, the warmth of the original wood wainscoting, the patina, and the murals painted by one of our members and installed since the mid-80s. The design team really worked with us to accomplish that balance beautifully."


Photo by Aislinn Weidele


Bernheimer Architecture and d/b/A design build re-created spaces that emphasized privacy and circulation. New custom built-in benches and a greeter desk adorn the revamped lobby, while custom-made bent metal shrouds house a lighting scheme designed in conjunction with Sylvania and Bartco. Emblazoned with a laser cut of the credit union’s logo, a slightly transparent Corian partition shows hints of movement while providing security for the back-office area.

 


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