Sugamo Shinkin Bank by Emmanuelle Moureaux

Sugamo Shinkin Bank by Emmanuelle Moureaux

Emmanuelle Moureaux Architecture & Design have completed a bank branch in Tokiwadai, Tokyo, with recessed brightly coloured windows.

Sugamo Shinkin Bank by Emmanuelle Moureaux

The facade also features a tree motif depicted in the perforations of the cladding.

Sugamo Shinkin Bank by Emmanuelle Moureaux

The motif continues through the interior with colourful graphics of trees and leaves.

Sugamo Shinkin Bank by Emmanuelle Moureaux

Living plants and trees have been introduced to the interior in seven vitrines illuminated with natural light.

Sugamo Shinkin Bank by Emmanuelle Moureaux

Photos are by Nacasa & Partners Inc.

Sugamo Shinkin Bank by Emmanuelle Moureaux

Here's more info from the architects:


Sugama Shinkin Bank is a credit union that strives to provide first-rate hospitality to its customers in accordance with its motto: "we take pleasure in serving happy customers." We handled the architectural and interior design for the bank's newly relocated branch in Tokiwadai.

Sugamo Shinkin Bank by Emmanuelle Moureaux

By basing our design around leaf motifs, we sought to create a refreshing space that would welcome customers with a natural, rejuvenative feeling.

Sugamo Shinkin Bank by Emmanuelle Moureaux

The facade of the building features silhouettes of trees and an assortment of both large and small windows in 14 different colors arranged in a distinctive, rhythmical pattern that transforms the facade itself into signage.

Sugamo Shinkin Bank by Emmanuelle Moureaux

ATMs and teller windows are located on the first floor, along with 3 courtyards and an open space laid out with chairs in 14 different colors.

Sugamo Shinkin Bank by Emmanuelle Moureaux

The second storey houses the loan section, reception rooms, offices and 4 courtyards, while the third floor is reserved for facilities for staff use, including changing rooms and a cafeteria.

Sugamo Shinkin Bank by Emmanuelle Moureaux

Thanks to the 7 light-filled courtyards planted with trees and flowering plants, each of these spaces is loosely connected to all the others.

Sugamo Shinkin Bank by Emmanuelle Moureaux

A constellation of leaves in 24 different colors growing on the white branches of the walls and glass windows overlaps with the natural foliage of the real trees in the courtyards, creating the sensation of being in a magical forest.

Sugamo Shinkin Bank by Emmanuelle Moureaux

THE SUGAMO SHINKIN BANK / TOKIWADAI BRANCH

Main use : Financial Institution
Location : Tokiwadai, Tokyo
Structure : Steel, 3 storeys

Sugamo Shinkin Bank by Emmanuelle Moureaux

Site area : 656.94m2
Total floor area : 733.99m2
Open : June 2010
Photo credit : Nacasa & Partners Inc

Sugamo Shinkin Bank by Emmanuelle Moureaux
Sugamo Shinkin Bank by Emmanuelle Moureaux
Sugamo Shinkin Bank Tokiwadai Branch by Emmanuelle Moureaux

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Sugamo Shinkin Bank Tokiwadai Branch by Emmanuelle Moureaux

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Sugamo Shinkin Bank Tokiwadai Branch by Emmanuelle Moureaux

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Sugamo Shinkin Bank Tokiwadai Branch by Emmanuelle Moureaux

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