Sugamo Shinkin Bank / Tokiwadai branch | emmanuelle moureaux architecture + design
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.
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.
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.
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
site area: 656.94 m²
first floor area: 298.54 m²
second floor area: 260.87 m²
third floor area: 174.58 m²
total floor area: 733.99 m²
structural system: steel structure (3F)
exterior finish: aluminum plate fluoro-resin paint finish
external floor: deck
floor: carpet, vinyl flooring
wall: AEP paint + adhesives coloured films
ceiling: AEP paint
lighting: base down lights, base lights, bracket
design period: June 2009 – November 2009
construction period: November 2009 – June 2010
photographs: Daisuke Shimokawa / Nacasa & Partners Inc. _ courtesy of emmanuelle moureaux architecture + design