World's Coolest Offices: Best Use of Nature

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First Runner Up: Sugamo Shunkin Bank in Tokiwadai, Japan

Trails of leaves extend across the walls of the Sugamo Shunkin Bank's Tokiwadai branch. The walls are stark white, creating a vivid contrast to the leaves, which were stenciled and painted in 24 vibrant and varied colors, from pale blues to fluorescent yellows. The addition of seven indoor courtyards, each with stringy tall trees and soft grasses, give the bank's interior an appearance of a magical forest, says the building's designer, Emmanuelle Moureaux. (Continued)