A group of 16 people in Japan have created a pocket size park which is equal to the area of a bus stop which is known as “Kikuchi Pocket Park”. 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. 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.
Distinct advantage of the mini-park – a safe area with clean air, not just in the center of the city, and in the middle of busy and noisy highway. In order to relax, no need to travel outside the city, in fact, you can make just a few steps from the hustle and will be over.
Mini-parks is an ideal area for children’s activities. Parents need not worry about their children, letting them out – mini-park area is inaccessible to vehicles, despite the proximity.