Home Federal Market Street


Home federal market street


Knoxville, TN

11,737 SF

Honor Award, AIA East Tennessee (2022)

This is a Historic Downtown renovation project just outside of Knoxville’s Market Square for the Administrative Services Offices of Home Federal Bank.

In order to give the client a modern, functional workspace while maintaining the historical nature of the building, thoughtful spatial organization created an open collaborative layout that celebrated the original architecture. The existing building’s storefront was blacked-out and showed little activity, both during the day and in the evening. By restoring the existing façade’s large openings, the design team was able to visually re-engage the City street. In addition, the existing building contained many under-utilized spaces left in disrepair including a large basement and an unoccupied 2nd level floor with views overlooking Krutch Park. By adding an elevator and code-approved egress, the design team was able to capitalize on and reactivate these existing amenities.

Once years of construction were removed from the interior, a vibrant series of materials were discovered and embraced as finished surfaces. All offices were strategically relocated to the front and rear of the building with new floor-to-ceiling interior storefront systems that allowed for natural light to extend into the floor plate. A mixture of natural hickory, century-old brick, and dark blue paint created the majority of the material palette for the project. Inspired by historic cast iron shop front renovations, the façade was painted a monolithic dark blue, further exaggerating the existing intricate stamped metal work of the 2nd floor and parapet.

The project includes private and open office spaces, new conference rooms, a mail sorting space, and a basement break room and storage area. The entire building underwent extensive structural analysis and implemented completely new mechanical, electrical, plumbing, and fire protection systems.

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