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Kumamoto Omoken Park

2017​ / Kumamoto, Japan

Situated along Kamitori, one of the main shopping arcades of Kumamoto, Omoken Park is a temporary public space that fills an urban lot left vacant after the 2016 Kumamoto Earthquake. This experimental park was created to explore the possibility of not building in recognition of rising construction costs. It was also intended to fulfill a need for family friendly resting spots, which were lacking in the city of Kumamoto.

 

Built amongst reclaimed wood structures including a coffee stand and a children's play space, the Veneer House contained Kosho Kisuisha’s selection of used picture books. The structure contributed to creating an active gathering place for the citizens of Kumamoto, young and old.

TEAMKen Omoki (Land Owner), Makoto Tsubakihara (Event Organization), Keio University SFC Hiroto Kobayashi Laboratory (Design, Assembly), Fablab Aso Minamioguni (Facility), Kumamoto Locals (Assembly), and others

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