That located in New York, United States, M&T Bank – Southgate Plaza Branch, was designed by Pentagram Design, It is a simple rectilinear volume with two storefront elevations, a drive-up elevation, and a side elevation. The visually open storefront elevations face the street and public way providing as much visibility from the outside to the inside of the branch as possible. By contrast the other two elevations are primarily solid, enclosing all the back office and service spaces. The drive-up elevation is angled to give a strong form to the drive-up canopy. Its parallelogram plan gives it a dynamic form that underlines this quick-service component of the branch.
The high storefront sides of the branch allow natural light to penetrate the banking hall as much as possible. To protect the building from direct solar gain and eliminate glare from the interior consultancy areas these two elevations are shielded by a colonnade, a high canopy, and a louver screen. The colonnade also provides a welcoming covered walkway for customers as they pass under shelter from their cars to the main entrance. A lower canopy marks the entrance to the branch which is set back from a public plaza that provides a place for visitors and passers-by to sit, wait or meet.