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

  • 01:00 - 9 June, 2011
Sugamo Shinkin Bank, Tokiwadai Branch / Emmanuelle Moureaux Architecture + Design
Sugamo Shinkin Bank, Tokiwadai Branch / Emmanuelle Moureaux Architecture + Design, © Nacasa & Partners Inc.
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From the architect. 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.” We handled the architectural and interior design for the bank’s newly relocated branch in Tokiwadai.

© Nacasa & Partners Inc.
© Nacasa & Partners Inc.

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

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plan 02

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

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Taylor Metcalf · June 13, 2011

I also agree with you Chris. There is something off about the lighting at night. I would much rather see a series of floating colorful boxes than the entire building being lit from the ground.

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Hrm, what is it about these Japanese banks being so stylish?
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Taylor Metcalf · June 11, 2011

The design definitely makes me feel like this is a place to drop of my kids for the afternoon rather than a place to store my money. However, I think that might be a good thing. Visitors might forget that they are in a bank and thus be happier to be there. As for money being something we take seriously, (and this thought might be a stretch) shouldn't we feel comfortable leaving our money at a place with the persona of a place we would leave our kids? While I am not entirely sold on the design of this bank, I do think there is something strong about a playful looking bank.

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Chris Murphy · June 11, 2011

I think the facade is successful as a sign for the banking branch. However I'm not so sure if the lighting at night is as successful. The ground lighting is somewhat distracting and doesn't seem to fit the building.

Nate Lambdin · June 11, 2011

Very happy Japanese Bank: http://t.co/q2Glhze

ALadue · June 10, 2011

While the colors and light wells are beautiful architecturally, does anybody feel that it’s possible that this "fun" atmosphere may make people feel uncomfortable seeing as money is something that people take very seriously? Even if this particular bank/credit union had the best reputation in town, would the new building even subconsciously affect the way people view their attitude toward business? Does this view maybe vary in different cultures?

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Taylor Metcalf · June 10, 2011

I was thinking the same thing, however I do not see the use of light in the interior as so elegantly displayed in Le Corbusier's Du Haut Chapel. The exterior windows gave me the impression that I would see light patterns of varying shapes, sizes and colors on the inside, yet none of the pictures that I have seen show that effect.

Tha · June 10, 2011
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