‘kikuchi pocket park’ by takao shiotsuka atelier, kikuchi-city, kumamoto, japan all images courtesy takao shiotsuka atelier image © toshiyuki yano

weaved into the neighborhood of kikuchi-city in kumamoto, japan, the ‘kikuchi pocket park’ is a plan of three parks designed by japanese architect takao shiotsuka of takao shiotsuka atelier. with sites A and B now completed and C still under development, the small infill sites each feature a unique singular motif, creating a personalized and defining character between the locations.

the first public space, ‘kiriake’, is a miniature water park supplied by an agricultural waterway. the water appears to have been collected within three large puddles scattered upon the plot. a lavatory, shelter and bench formed by abstracted stone structures are interconnected by a consistent white paver, evoking the sand of a japanese rock garden.

takao shiotsuka atelier: kikuchi pocket park aerial view of site A image © toshiyuki yano

a series of crossing and meandering pathways delineated by curved metal pipes creates ‘yokomachi’, the second corner lot. supported by a uniform framework, the stacked railings define footpaths and a circumscribe the restroom pavilion. wooden benches are placed upon tubes which have been bowed to support seats, creating points of repose.

takao shiotsuka atelier: kikuchi pocket park aerial view of site B image © toshiyuki yano

takao shiotsuka atelier: kikuchi pocket park site A image © toshiyuki yano

takao shiotsuka atelier: kikuchi pocket park site A image © toshiyuki yano

takao shiotsuka atelier: kikuchi pocket park site A image © toshiyuki yano

takao shiotsuka atelier: kikuchi pocket park site A image © toshiyuki yano

takao shiotsuka atelier: kikuchi pocket park site A image © toshiyuki yano

takao shiotsuka atelier: kikuchi pocket park site A images © toshiyuki yano

takao shiotsuka atelier: kikuchi pocket park site A images © toshiyuki yano

takao shiotsuka atelier: kikuchi pocket park site A at night image © toshiyuki yano

takao shiotsuka atelier: kikuchi pocket park site A at night image © toshiyuki yano

takao shiotsuka atelier: kikuchi pocket park site A at night image © toshiyuki yano

takao shiotsuka atelier: kikuchi pocket park site B at nightimage © toshiyuki yano

takao shiotsuka atelier: kikuchi pocket park site B at night image © toshiyuki yano

takao shiotsuka atelier: kikuchi pocket park site B at night image © toshiyuki yano

takao shiotsuka atelier: kikuchi pocket park site B at night image © toshiyuki yano

takao shiotsuka atelier: kikuchi pocket park site B at night image © toshiyuki yano

takao shiotsuka atelier: kikuchi pocket park site B image © toshiyuki yano

takao shiotsuka atelier: kikuchi pocket park site B image © toshiyuki yano

takao shiotsuka atelier: kikuchi pocket park site B image © toshiyuki yano

takao shiotsuka atelier: kikuchi pocket park site B image © toshiyuki yano

takao shiotsuka atelier: kikuchi pocket park site B image © toshiyuki yano

takao shiotsuka atelier: kikuchi pocket park lavatory pavilion images © toshiyuki yano

takao shiotsuka atelier: kikuchi pocket park lavatory image © toshiyuki yano

takao shiotsuka atelier: kikuchi pocket park model of sacred tree for site C image © toshiyuki yano

takao shiotsuka atelier: kikuchi pocket park site plan / site A

takao shiotsuka atelier: kikuchi pocket park site plan / site B

takao shiotsuka atelier: kikuchi pocket park site plan / site C

takao shiotsuka atelier: kikuchi pocket park section / site A

takao shiotsuka atelier: kikuchi pocket park section / site B

takao shiotsuka atelier: kikuchi pocket park section / site C

project info:

title of project: kikuchi pocket park architect/designer: takao shiotsuka location: kikuchi-city,kumamoto, japan date of completion: march, 2012 photography: toshiyuki yano contributors/associates: structure engineers: oga structural design office mechanical engineers: kawano mechanical engineering constructors/associates: site A: shichijo construction site B: toyozumi construction