Sugamo Shinkin Bank / Shimura branch | emmanuelle moureaux architecture + design

Sugamo Shinkin Bank / Shimura branch | emmanuelle moureaux architecture + design


Concept: Rainbow mille-feuille

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.


12 layers of color

A rainbow-like stack of colored layers, peeking out from the façade to welcome visitors. Reflected onto the white surface, these colors leave a faint trace over it, creating a warm, gentle feeling. At night, the colored layers are faintly illuminated. The illumination varies according to the season and time of day, conjuring up myriad landscapes.

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A piece of the sky

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.


light wells on the first floor


Fuzzy puffs

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.


ATM’s, teller windows and consultation booths are all located on the ground floor


waiting area




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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25 - ground floor plan

ground floor plan

26 - first floor plan

first floor plan

27 - second floor plan

second floor plan

28 - section 01

section 01

29 - section 02

section 02

30 - southwest elevation

southwest elevation

31 - north elevation

north elevation

architects: emmanuelle moureaux architecture + design
location: Itabashi Ward, Tokyo Metropolis, Japan
function: bank office
project team: emmanuelle moureaux architecture + design
space design/sign design: emmanuelle moureaux architecture + design
general contractor: Komatsubara Komuten Ltd.
colored layers aluminum panels: Kikukawa Kogyo Co., Ltd.
elliptical curved laminated glass: Shinko Glass Industry Co., Ltd.
site area: 762.53 m²
first floor area: 329.10 m²
second floor area: 312.56 m²
third floor area: 58.00 m²
total floor area: 699.67 m²
structural system: steel structure (3F)
exterior finish: aluminum plate fluoro-resin paint finish
external floor: deck
floor: carpet, vinyl flooring
wall: PVC film + adhesives coloured films
ceiling: AEP paint + adhesives coloured films
lighting: base down lights, base lights, bracket
design period: January 2010 – June 2010
construction period: July 2010 – February 2011
photographs: Daisuke Shimokawa / Nacasa & Partners Inc. _ courtesy of emmanuelle moureaux architecture + design


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