On the eastern side of the Ajlun mountains, Amman is a hilly city through which a small river, Wadi ‘Amman, once ran. Settlements have existed on the plateau since at least 3000 BCE. The Islamic history of the city begins when the city was taken by the forces of the general Yazīd ibn Abī Sufyān in 635, but it declined in importance, and by 1300 had nearly disappeared.
The Ottoman resettled the site with Circassian refugees from Russia in 1878, but I wasn’t until becoming the capital of Jordan after World War II that the city really began to grow.
The outer elevation with its main gate and openings were carefully designed to guarantee the strong presence of the bank. Special care was put in designing the gate by using local stone of various natural colours and details. Openings were designed to ensure security, yet to improve the unique image of the bank by its iron work. The openings on the top floor were a result of inspiration and modification of a traditional mashrabiyya. The entrance hall is double-height and gives a ceremonial atmosphere to the entrance hall.