Rainbow mille-feuille by Emmanuelle Moureaux
Horizontal layers of colour protrude out from the facade of this bank branch in Tokyo by Japanese architects Emmanuelle Moureaux. 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 coloured layers, peeking out from the façade to welcome visitors. Reflected onto the white surfaces, these colours 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.