Japanese architect Takao Shiotsuka has created a project called Kiriake Miniature Water Park, built around Kikuchi (Kumamoto, Japan). The purpose of the object – to integrate into the urban fabric, in order to revive the old district, attracting a new stream of people.
This public space is a miniature water park, where the water is available in three mini-lakes that are emerging in the landscape composition which is associated with the rock garden.
Shallow pool designed for children to play while the adults can just sit on the bench, feet down into the water. In the closed part of the composition is a public toilet.
The reason for the lack of green in this project is that the plants require constant maintenance, which local governments can not always finance.
However, the authors of the project are confident that this deficiency can be compensated formative shade canopies and the presence of water, creating a valuable coolness and freshness.
The work of the authors of the project can be found on the official website of the architectural studio, headquartered in Oite: http://www.shio-atl.com/english/e_top.html