kengo kuma mirrors the iconic form of mount fuji with 'oath hill park' toilets

kengo kuma mirrors the iconic form of mount fuji with 'oath hill park' toilets

a small rest stop by kengo kuma

 

kengo kuma & associates unveils a humble intervention dubbed ‘oath hill park’ to shizuoka. the area marks the home of mount fuji, japan’s highest peak. with its hot springs, waterfalls, and forested foothills surrounding the iconic volcano, the place is a major hiking destination. with the spirit of its natural surroundings, the design team at KKAA introduces a public restroom which both services hikers and campers while resonating harmoniously with its backdrop — the soaring profile of mount fuji.

kengo kuma oath hillimages © ︎kawasumi・kobayashi kenji photograph office

 

 

the roof structure

 

the architects at kengo kuma & associates define the oath hill park rest areas by their roofs. the humble structures suggest a tiny mountain range, cloaked in a translucent white skin which recalls a snow-capped peak by day and a luminous beacon by night. the project celebrates its timber structure as wooden beams and columns fan out into an ‘umbrella’ form that shows inspiration from the parabolic ridgeline of mount fuji. these beams and columns are held together by steel rings at the center while a rigid frame joins these umbrellas along a shared edge.

kengo kuma oath hill

 

 

the materiality of oath hill park

 

designing its oath hill park restrooms, kengo kuma ensures that each structural material contributes in a different manner — the wood gives flexibility, the steel rigidity, and the roof membrane permeates light giving the arbor a welcoming warmth. the wooden structure is covered with a membrane finished with a fluorinated coating for weather-proofing while at night, the wooden structure is silhouetted against the moonlit forests of shizuoka.

kengo kuma mirrors the iconic form of mount fuji with 'oath hill park' toilets
backdropped by mount fuji, the roofs show their influence

kengo kuma mirrors the iconic form of mount fuji with 'oath hill park' toiletsthe project offers shade and services with minimal impact to the landscape

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the oath hill park project is defined by its interlocking umbrella roof structure

kengo kuma mirrors the iconic form of mount fuji with 'oath hill park' toiletsthe timber roof structure is expressed along the interior

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at night, the translucent roof structures are luminous

 

project title:

 

project title: oath hill park

architecture: kengo kuma and associates | @kkaa_official

location: shizuoka, japan

project team: minoru yokoo, shoichi murai, shiho yoo, shuntaro tsuchie, miki kondo

structural engineer: yasutaka konishi

mechanical engineer: kankyo engineering

construction: taiko construction

completion: october 2021

photography: © ︎kawasumi・kobayashi kenji photograph office

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kengo kuma mirrors the iconic form of mount fuji with ‘oath hill park’ toilets
 
kengo kuma mirrors the iconic form of mount fuji with ‘oath hill park’ toilets
 
kengo kuma mirrors the iconic form of mount fuji with ‘oath hill park’ toilets
 

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