North Shore Bank

Duluth, MN

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The future of banking is here.

By the unassuming façade of the building, you would never know that North Shore Bank has completely changed the banking experience. But once you cross the threshold, you’ll be blown away. Together, with the rockstar team at MSR Design, they came up with a plan to completely transform their space. North Shore Bank is no longer just a bank – it is a public space that welcomes in the local community and doubles as an art gallery. They house an extensive art collection and have a curator on staff, creating a truly one-of-a-kind institution.

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North Shore Bank's interior before the renovation.
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Maars modular walls lines the left side, facing a gallery wall of beautiful paintings.

To properly execute their vision, their team sought a modular walls solution that could provide more than just pretty glass partition walls. The design called for a completely freestanding modular wall product that incorporates an elegant ceiling solution, which would ultimately be visible from their mezzanine space. Maars Living Walls were up to the task.

This impressive Maars installation is the first of its kind. The interior boasts an island of freestanding private offices, conference rooms, two open offices and a walkway fully enclosed under a sleek, cohesive ceiling. Intereum worked side-by-side with the electrician to seamlessly integrate a fan circulation system, unique lighting fixtures, and additional reinforcement to support drapery to provide a privacy option. Maars was even able to accommodate additional gallery lighting to highlight the beautiful art collection that surrounds it. The close proximity of our in-house Audio Visual team and Maars Modular Walls teams played a significant role in streamlining the design process – the teams coalesced to create a steady stream of communication to ensure the technology needs were supported by the Maars product. Centralizing the workspaces opened up the perimeter of the space to showcase the bank's impressive art collection, supported by adjacent soft seating for local art enthusiasts and clientele alike. North Shore Bank achieved what they set out to do — they created a banking experience like no other.

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View of a conference room adjacent to a social pantry area.

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