Sakonyama Minna no Niwa

Turning the entire housing complex into a park.
“The Sakonyama housing complex park project”

The vast apartment complex of Sakonyama holds some 4,800 units, and the renovation project of its communal plaza was lead by its own management association, a rare occurrence even by national standards. Together with the residents, we have held workshops to brainstorm ideas on how to use the space, made benches to be placed in the plaza, and placed various other features all over the plaza for everyone to enjoy the space the way they want to. These features include a pizza oven that can also double as a kitchen in times of emergency, a decking stage for public presentations, benches in the shade for reading a book or for a game of Go, and a wide grassed open space for outdoor events. Sakonyama “Minna no Niwa” (everyone’s garden) will continue to provide fresh “everyday pleasures” for the residents.

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Project name: Sakonyama Minna no Niwa (The Park of Sakonyama Housing Complexes)
Landscape Architecture: STGK
Other designers involved in the design of landscape (architects and landscape architects):
Project location: Yokohama, Japan
Design year: 2015-2016
Year Built: 2017

Client: Sakonyama Central Housing Block Association Board
Site area: 2,640m2
Photography: abanba, Marumo publishing, Kota Sugawara, Satomi Ebe, STGK

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