Wallis State Bank I – Houston
Powers Brown Architecture; Arch-Con Corp., Houston, General Contractor

Part of a master-planned four-building complex, the Wallis State Bank I building is a three-story building on a 19,000-square-foot footprint with office and bank space, and a 5,000-square-foot executive fourth floor. “The south and the west elevations are punched openings, while the north and the east combine to form a bent facade dominated by glass and glazing. The wickets below are in some ways a transformation of tilt wall as structure to tilt wall as infrastructure; they are both load-bearing and expressed. Turned vertically to the facade, they provide relief and depth that operates counter to the planarity of tilt wall used raw.”