Bank of America Corporate Headquarters+ expand detail
Charlotte, North Carolina, USA
1.4 million square feet / 130,000 square meters
The Bank of America Corporate Center is in the historic, geographic and business center of Charlotte. The complex includes the 60-story Bank of America corporate headquarters tower, two landscaped plazas and Founders Hall, a large public room lined with shops.
The 60-story tower is the focal point of the Charlotte skyline. The base is clad in dark granite with marble columns at its entrances. The curved sides of the shaft have 13 setbacks. The exterior is sheathed in warm beige granite piers, progressively narrower and thinner at each setback. In contrast to the base, the upper sections become lighter and glassier. The top is composed of anodized aluminum vertical rods that define a volume enclosed by cagework. It is lit at night from within.
At the heart of the Center is Founders Hall, a grand civic space connected to the North Carolina Blumenthal Performing Arts Center and home to 6,970 square meters (75,000 square feet) of shops, restaurants and services. The design allows for impromptu performances as well as programmed events. A circular monumental stair accommodates a natural stage.
Interior finishes of Founders Hall create a warm, light-filled appearance throughout the year. Floors and walls are clad in marble and structural columns and trusses are painted in gradation of golden ocher to bright yellow. Four large black-olive trees are grouped around a granite fountain opposite the monumental stair.
Founders Hall unifies the disparate programmatic elements of the site. An entry hall for employees of the tower, the space also unifies the sidewalk plaza level with a skywalk retail level known as the Overstreet Mall. The second level connects to three overstreet bridges, knitting the complex to the city.
The complex is a major outdoor circulation space. Landscaped islands define paths and delineate a central public space from the tower entrance to the fountain. These islands also create intimate garden rooms, with inward-facing benches and flowering plants and grasses inside. The benches separate the gardens from the paths to provide moments of quiet in the city.