Candy-Colored Bank Does Away with Corporate Bleakness

Candy-Colored Bank Does Away with Corporate Bleakness

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.

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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