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#architecture#glass#SAKO Architects

A Rainbow Office Building Brightens Up the Tokyo Streets with Prismatic Color

February 27, 2024

Grace Ebert

a rainbow glass facade cloaks an office building

All images courtesy of SAKO Architects

If you, like us, were envious of the kiddos attending this kaleidoscopic kindergarten a few years back, we have good news. The architecture firm behind the school has another project with a similarly bold outlook.

Keiichiro Sako, of the eponymous SAKO Architects, tucked a vibrant building in the middle of a bustling Tokyo street, this time designed for professionals. Titled “Vertical Rainbow Office Building,” the narrow construction was completed in 2019 and is cloaked with a vivid facade of tempered laminated glass.

Sako’s team developed a special paint that they applied in a gradient so that “the view of the city from the office through the terrace is like a landscape photograph with added layers of color,” he says. Horizontal frames hold the material in place and add a sleek, minimalist detail. When sunlight hits the building, bright rays illuminate the offices, while evening darkness transforms the building into a beacon of glowing prisms, or what the architect playfully refers to as a “night rainbow.”

Find more from the firm on Instagram.

a rainbow glass facade cloaks an office building

the view from inside a balcony covered in purple and blue glass

the view from inside a balcony covered in orange glass

the view from inside a balcony covered in pink and orange glass

the view from an office covered in green and blue glass

pink, red, green, and orange glass covers an office building

a rainbow glass facade glows with soft night light

a rainbow glass facade glows with soft night light

#architecture#glass#SAKO Architects

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