The Bright & Vibrant Bank Of Colour!
I love design that goes against the grain, design that pushes the boundaries, design that looks in the face of boring and old ideas and laughs smugly, what I love most though is when it is done with a real sense of style and the results are bright, cheery and spaces that bring joy to all those that use it. A designer who does this with all of her projects is Emmanuelle Moureaux, her style is so apparent that now when I see a project that has a hint of her touch I almost know that it is her work before even looking at the credits.
One such project is the Sugamo Shinkin Bank in Shimura, Japan. Like the feature we did earlier in the year on the People’s Choice Credit Union this project is also a credit union and as we said back then, a traditional opinion of a credit union is that is bland, boring and tired. However the Sugamo Shinkin Bank is far from being a flat, tired and boring old fart of a design, no it is a whole lot more experiential, exciting and vibrant. Check out the awesome images below to see what I mean, I just adore the playful and colorful ceiling features, the stunning façade and of course the overall uplifiting feel that this design would give me as a customer, very different to what I expect when I walk into my local bank.
Below is a project description taken from Emmanuelle Moureaux Architecture + Design.
A rainbow-like stack of 12 colored layers, peeking out from the facade to welcome visitors. 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. The ceiling is adorned with dandelion puff motifs that seem to float and drift through the air. 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.
All images credited to Nacasa & Partners