wooden playground by jun igarashi + YCAM interlab undulates through sapporo park
all images courtesy of jun igarashi architects

 

 

 

this undulating wooden structure on the japanese island of hokkaido has been conceived as a simulated forest. for the design of the temporary project — an immersive play area for children — architect jun igarashi teamed up with YCAM interlab, a group of researchers and developers at yamaguchi center for arts and media. located among the trees of sapporo’s odori park, the project uses locally sourced timber to create a series of connected ramps, pathways, and plateaus.

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the undulating wooden structure is located on the japanese island of hokkaido

 

 

 

during its stay in the park, workshops were held where children were asked to make suggestions as to which features they would like to see added to the playground. designed as an alternative to more orthodox configurations, igarashi’s design encourages children to engage more freely and intuitively with the apparatus. ‘while simply coming up with ideas for the project, I thought that an orthodox playground was out of the question,’ jun igarashi told shift magazine. ‘when children play in nature with the sheer power of their imagination, they discover novel ways to play with things they take from the environment, like in a forest for example.’

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the scheme has been conceived as a simulated forest

 

 

 

other work by jun igarashi includes a three-storey residence articulated around a dual set of spiral staircases, and an insulated home that efficiently protects its inhabitants from cold winters. see more projects by the japanese architect on designboom here.

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the project forms an immersive play area for children

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the design is located among the trees of sapporo’s odori park

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locally sourced timber is used throughout

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a series of ramps, pathways, and plateaus are created

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the scheme was designed as an alternative to more orthodox playground configurations

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igarashi’s design encourages children to engage more freely with the apparatus

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see more projects by jun igarashi on designboom here

 

 

project info:

 

name: korogaru park in nature
location: sapporo, hokkaido
architects: YCAM interlab + jun igarashi architects
photography: jun igarashi architects