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Sumit Singhal
Sumit Singhal
Sumit Singhal loves modern architecture. He comes from a family of builders who have built more than 20 projects in the last ten years near Delhi in India. He has recently started writing about the architectural projects that catch his imagination.

Sugamo Shinkin Bank in Tokyo, Japan by emmanuelle moureaux architecture + design

 
May 28th, 2011 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: 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.” 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.

Night View

  • Architecture: emmanuelle moureaux architecture + design
  • Project: Sugamo  Shinkin  Bank / Shimura branch
  • Location: 1-13-8 Azusawa Itabashi-ku, Tokyo 174-0051, Japan
  • Client: Sugamo Shinkin Bank
  • Use: Bank Office
  • Concept : Rainbow mille-feuille
  • Photography : Nacasa & Partners Inc.
  • Software used: Adobe illustrator, photoshop

Night View

  • Structure: Steel Structure
  • Site Area: 762.53m2
  • Floor Area: 699.67m2 (1F/329.10m2   2F/312.56m2   3F/58.00 m2)
  • Design Period: January 2010 – June 2010
  • Construction Period: July 2010 – February 2011
  • Open: March 18,  2011

Contractors Information

  • General Contractor: Komatsubara Komuten Ltd.
  • Colored layers aluminum panels: Kikukawa Kogyo Co., Ltd.
  • Elliptical curved laminated glass: Shinko Glass Industry Co., Ltd.

Front View

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.

Side View

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.

Side View

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.

Front View

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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