Emmanuelle Moureaux's fourth building for Sugamo Shinkin must be the happiest bank on earth. The French architect is known for her vibrant colour palette and this time it's reflected in the cubes - some housing plants and trees - that cover the front facade of the northern Tokyo branch.
The French architect wanted to create a building that follows the rhythm of the area traffic - pedestrians, cars and bicycles - so passersby can enjoy different views from any perspective. In line with the bank's hospitality motto, the interior is designed to make customers want to stay longer, and there's a cafe located on the second floor if you can't bear to leave after completing your transactions.
Cube-shaped chairs in rainbow colours, plants and a pixelated wall design bring the elements of the facade inside, popping against white walls and ceiling. The beige carpet adds a warm base to the clean decor and carries through the tones of the wood floor of the ATM vestibule outside:
The varied depth of the cubes and the non-uniform single colour placement on them - some on the front, some on the side - creates a building that changes depending on the point view.
The southern facing facade gets the sun which washes through the trees:
If you're going to be turned down for a loan, this would be the place that would soften the blow.