Project: "Sugamo Shinkin Bank / Nakaaoki Branch"
Company:emmanuelle moureaux architecture+design
Designer(s): emmanuelle moureaux, Japan
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Entry Description: 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”. The site is located on the corner of major intersection, where there is a frequent movement of cars, bicycles and people. Taking this unique location as a characteristic, the facade is designed to be rhythmical that changes expression as people see from different angles.The colors, flowers and trees appear in and out from the repetition of floating cubes, playing rainbow melody.

About the Designer/Company
French architect and designer residing in Tokyo since 1996. She established "emmanuelle moureaux architecture + design" in 2003. Inspired by the Japanese traditional sliding screens, Emmanuelle has created the concept of “shikiri”, which literally means "dividing (creating) space with colors". She uses colors as three-dimensional elements, like layers, in order to create spaces, and not as a finishing touch applied on surfaces. Architecture (The Sugamo Shinkin Bank…), interior design (ABC Cooking Studio…), products (stick chair…), she designs a wide range of projects, by using her unique technique of colour scheming and handling colours as space makers. Associate Professor at the Tohoku University of Art & Design since 2008. Member of the “Tokyo Society of Architects”.