Project: "Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation (SMBC) Shukugawa Branch"
Designer(s): Interior Design : Tetsutaro NISHIDA, Chief Designer / Mitsuhiko IMAI, Designer, Architect : NIKKEN SEKKEI LTD, Contractor : KONOIKE CONSTRUCTION CO., LTD., Japan
Category: Interior Design, Professional
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Entry Description: The Shukugawa Branch of Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation is located in a calm and beautiful historical town surrounded by nature forming a quiet venerable residential area representative of the Kansai region. This branch is constructed of steel-framed reinforced concrete with a partially reinforced concrete structure, and has a basement and two floors above the ground. The building has a total floor area of 1,234 square meters and a service area of 472 square meters. We planned the design of the interior in order to create a cozy space that harmonizes with the daily lives of the local people, who are blessed with such a beautiful neighborhood. It is our hope that the branch will become a part of their lives, and provide the people and town with new opportunities and a new landscape. We were asked to create a nice, homey space which would integrate into the local community, become part of the lives of the local residents, and provide new opportunities and a new landmark to the people and the town. We started off by examining geographical and cultural elements inherent in the town of Shukugawa such as its natural landscape and rich cultural background, and then turned the findings into a design concept. Thus, we produced this branch which has close ties with the local community, is more easily accessible, and warmly welcomes customers and visitors alike.

About the Designer/Company
Originally established as the interior design department of NIKKEN SEKKEI LTD, Nikken Space Design (NSD) has more than 60 years of experience in the field. As a part of the Nikken group since 1994, NSD now works not only with Nikken Sekkei but is also in partnership with various architects and artists. With 60 highly experienced designers, NSD is currently working on numerous design projects for Japanese and international clients. NSD’s wide range of projects cover interior design for hotels, high–rise offices, retail complexes, hospitals, educational institutions, restaurants, shops and even private residences. As a result, the company can accommodate all kinds of clients’ needs. One of NSD’s main principles is to bring high quality solutions in interior design, specifying furniture, fixture and equipment (FF&E).