takao shiotsuka atelier: kikuchi pocket park takao shiotsuka atelier: kikuchi pocket park
may 14, 2012

takao shiotsuka atelier: kikuchi pocket park

‘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.

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.

aerial view of site B image © toshiyuki yano

site A image © toshiyuki yano

site A image © toshiyuki yano

site A image © toshiyuki yano

site A image © toshiyuki yano

site A image © toshiyuki yano

site A images © toshiyuki yano

site A images © toshiyuki yano

site A at night image © toshiyuki yano

site A at night image © toshiyuki yano

site A at night image © toshiyuki yano

site B at nightimage © toshiyuki yano

site B at night image © toshiyuki yano

site B at night image © toshiyuki yano

site B at night image © toshiyuki yano

site B at night image © toshiyuki yano

site B image © toshiyuki yano

site B image © toshiyuki yano

site B image © toshiyuki yano

site B image © toshiyuki yano

site B image © toshiyuki yano

lavatory pavilion images © toshiyuki yano

lavatory image © toshiyuki yano

model of sacred tree for site C image © toshiyuki yano

site plan / site A

site plan / site B

site plan / site C

section / site A

section / site B

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

  • Great concept and finished article. Only problem I have is the height of the pipes surrounding the water feature in Site B. Cut them down a bit for easy visuals to the pool from the seats d’-)

    & can anybody explain why we have to go through the code twice with the correct letters in it, to get it accepted?

    Jetwax says:

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