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Design

A branch of Sugamo Shinkin bank in Kawaguchi is designed with colorful cubes and gardens to resemble a rainbow melody

Laura Yan
  • 21 may 2015

Architect Emmanuelle Moureaux has designed a branch of the Sugamo Shinkin bank in Kawaguchi, Japan that is bright, warm and colorful: a bank you’d actually want to transact in.

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The bank’s facade is made out of interlocking and protruding cubes in vibrant colors, some with lush green gardens growing. The architect’s vision for the design was to create a “rainbow melody”: the cubes are supposed to resemble dancing musical notes. The bank is located on a busy intersection, and the facade is meant to be a change in rhythm, depending on the angle it’s viewed.

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