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

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Architects: Emmanuelle Moureaux Architecture + Design
Location: -ku, Tokyo
Architect In Charge: Emmanuelle Moureaux
Interior Design: Emmanuelle Moureaux
General Contractor: Shiraishi Construction Corporation
Area: 57,408 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Daisuke Shima

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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.” Ekoda is the fourth branch (third for designing the entire building) Emmanuelle Moureaux designs, responding to the client’s expectation: “creating a bank the customers feel happy to visit”.

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The site is located in a commercial district with many stores. The site’s closeness to the town’s activities – also the heavy traffic and narrow sidewalk – inspired the architect to express this proximity in the building by merging the exterior and interior.

© Daisuke Shima

The building is offset approximately 2 meters from the property line, and the timber-decked peripheral space is filled with colorful 9 meter-tall sticks. These 29 exterior sticks, reflected on the transparent glazed façade, mix naturally with the 19 interior sticks placed randomly inside the building. This rainbow shower returns colors and some room for playfulness back to the town.

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Entering the building, the visitors would notice that they are still in an exterior courtyard leading to the bank’s interior. Here also, the inside and outside are integrated. Walking around the glazed courtyard inside, there is a cafe-like open space filled with natural light. The bamboos in the courtyard extend skyward in concert with the colorful sticks.

© Daisuke Shima

The exterior deck space, interior open space, exterior courtyard, and the interior teller counters compose four layers of spaces. The layers are reflected on the glazing, and, combined with complex shadows, they create depth in the space.

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Cite: "Sugamo Shinkin Bank, Ekoda Branch / Emmanuelle Moureaux Architecture + Design" 29 Mar 2013. ArchDaily. Accessed 24 Jul 2014. <>

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    The vertical colorful sticks are visually interesting but could not find its function.

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