Sugamo Shinkin Bank, Shimura Branch / Emmanuelle Moureaux Architecture + Design

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Architects: Emmanuelle Moureaux Architecture + Design
Location: , Japan
Project area: 762 sqm
Project year: 2010 – 2011
Photographs: Nacasa & Partners Inc.

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Sugamo 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.” Having completed the design for branch outlets of Sugamo Shinkin Bank located in Tokiwadai and Niiza, we were also commissioned to handle the architectural and interior design for its newly rebuilt branch in Shimura. For this project, we sought to create a refreshing atmosphere with a palpable sense of nature based on an open sky motif.

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Upon entering the building, three elliptical skylights bathe the interior in a soft light. Visitors spontaneously look up to see a cut-out piece of the sky that invites them to gaze languidly at it. The open sky and sensation of openness prompts you to take deep breaths, refreshing your body from within.

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The ceiling is adorned with dandelion puff motifs that seem to float and drift through the air. In Europe, there is a long and cherished custom of blowing on one of these fuzzy balls while secretly making a wish. Bits of fluffy down gently dance and frolic in the air, carried by the wind.

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

The second storey houses offices, meeting rooms and a cafeteria, while the third floor is reserved for the staff changing rooms. Three long glass airwells thread through the first and second levels of the building, flooding the interior with natural light as well as “blowing” air through it.

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Cite: "Sugamo Shinkin Bank, Shimura Branch / Emmanuelle Moureaux Architecture + Design" 06 Jun 2011. ArchDaily. Accessed 27 May 2015. <>
  • hueboards

    Fantastic use of color!

  • Rafat

    very interesting how they used the skylight for lightening the lower floors too.

  • Rosalind Derby

    Bloody genius