Omoken Park Event Space on Kyushu Island, Japan by Yabashi Architects | Yellowtrace

Omoken Park Event Space on Kyushu Island, Japan by Yabashi Architects | Yellowtrace

Omoken Park Event Space on Kyushu Island, Japan by Yabashi Architects | Yellowtrace

Omoken Park Event Space on Kyushu Island, Japan by Yabashi Architects | Yellowtrace

 

A series of massive earthquakes struck the island of Kyushu, Japan in 2016, ravaging built structures throughout the city of Kumamoto and altogether demolishing some. In this instance, Yabashi Architects decided not to directly replace a building that was lost during the earthquakes. Rather, they constructed a community-driven multi-purpose public space as a reminder that upholding human symbiosis is crucial to surviving through difficult times.

“We planned a public space of private space where people interact with each other in a circle, such as cooperation with nearby shopping areas, local events, administrative use, and cultural exchange,” says Yabashi.

Sandwiched between two tall, multi-level commercial buildings, Omoken Park is a low, semi-enclosed structure. The architects incorporated elements that the surrounding streetscape lacked, such as introducing a ‘pocket park’ via patches of greenery planted on either side of a timber pathway that leads into the interior. The timber flows seamlessly from the outside in, with the floors and walls clad harmoniously with blonde cross laminated timber boards.

 

Omoken Park Event Space on Kyushu Island, Japan by Yabashi Architects | Yellowtrace

Omoken Park Event Space on Kyushu Island, Japan by Yabashi Architects | Yellowtrace

Omoken Park Event Space on Kyushu Island, Japan by Yabashi Architects | Yellowtrace

 

The ground floor is open at both ends, creating a walkway through to the street parallel. A simple coffee counter and communal table populate the interior. In order to work within a minimal construction budget and legal restrictions, the architects kept the lower volume to less than 100sqm, creating as little strain as possible on the environment. A simple steel frame supports the timber facades and pile foundation.

Stepped eaves that form an accessible rooftop shelter the single ground storey. The slits created by the stepped design allows multiple points for natural light to penetrate the lower level, further integrating the event space with the ambience of the lively neighbourhood. The steps also create seats, encouraging locals to mingle and linger. Click To Read Entire Post

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