A Vibrant Tokyo Building With a Vertical Rainbow Facade

In the heart of Tokyo, a once mundane narrow office building has undergone a radical transformation, emerging as the radiant Vertical Rainbow Office Building designed by SAKO Architects. Breaking free from the surrounding conventional design, this architectural headquarters stands as a testament to creativity, identity, and a splash of vibrant hues.

upward exterior view of rainbow fronted office building

Gone are the days of a stereotypical “pencil building,” now replaced with the offices of Musashi Paint Holdings Co., Ltd. The bold exterior is a canvas of infinite possibilities, a vertical rainbow that symbolizes the paint company’s commitment to offering a kaleidoscope of color options.

front on exterior view of rainbow fronted office building

side exterior view of rainbow fronted office building

closeup side exterior view of rainbow fronted office building

SAKO Architects embraced innovation by utilizing a brand-new, in-house outdoor glass paint on high-transmittance tempered laminated glass for the building’s exterior, creating an Instagram-worthy gradient coating. The facade, seemingly composed solely of colorful glass, is supported by minimalist horizontal frames on the top and bottom two sides, resulting in a sleek and modern aesthetic.

side exterior view of rainbow fronted office building

upward angled exterior view of rainbow fronted office building

closeup angled exterior view of rainbow fronted office building

top corner exterior view of rainbow fronted office building

interior view of modern office space looking out to balcony with blue and green exterior glass

As daylight pierces through the colored glass, it transforms into a mesmerizing array of colors, casting beautiful shadows on each of the terrace floors and adjacent buildings. On cloudy days, the ever-changing sky merges seamlessly with the glass facade, almost like creating digital art. The view from the office terraces becomes filtered cityscapes, a blend of reality and fantasy.

interior view of modern office space looking out to balcony with blue and green exterior glass

angled interior view of modern office space looking out to balcony with blue and green exterior glass

angled interior view of modern office space looking out to balcony with orange and yellow exterior glass

angled interior view of modern office space looking out to balcony with orange, pink and yellow exterior glass

angled interior view of modern office space looking out to balcony with blue and purple exterior glass

angled angled interior view of modern office space looking out to balcony with blue and purple exterior glass

closeup view from building balcony looking through orange glass

evening exterior view of modern building with rainbow fronted facade

As the sun sets, the glass comes to life, illuminated by interior lighting that emits soft, captivating hues. Outside, the building casts a “night rainbow” onto the street turning the area into a dreamy spectacle of color.

angled evening exterior view of modern building with rainbow fronted facade

upward evening exterior view of modern building with rainbow fronted facade

angled upward evening exterior view of modern building with rainbow fronted facade

interior shot of white office building with white and red art on walls

Photography by Koji Fujii.

Caroline Williamson is Editor-in-Chief of Design Milk. She has a BFA in photography from SCAD and can usually be found searching for vintage wares, doing New York Times crossword puzzles in pen, or reworking playlists on Spotify.

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