The Sugamo Shinkin Bank Challenges Traditional Public Space Ideals

 - Apr 25, 2012
The Sugamo Shinkin Bank was designed by the Emmanuelle Moureaux Architecture and Design studio. The Tokyo, Japan building features an extraordinary exterior concept and an equally bold interior.

This vibrant space challenges traditional design, embracing eccentricities and fun over a banal and lifeless building face. Made from a stack of 12 colored layers, this rainbow-inspired structure features three elliptical skylights that allow its interior to bathe in natural light.

The open-concept space is bright from the outside in, lit up at night to reveal vibrant color hues. Upon entry, visitors are greeted by a cieling, adorned with dandelions that seem to float through the air. Instead of cold furnishing, guests are seated in a series of scattered chairs, displayed in a variety of rainbow tones, giving the Sugamo Shinkin Bank an optimistic and cheery vibe.