As a social experiment, Okayama City rented a part of Ishiyama Park to a private business operator for 3 years to create an outdoor restaurant. The park is located in an area of Okayama City where tourist and cultural facilities are concentrated.
First and foremost, the environment is wonderful. Therefore, I decided to think of an architectural figure that connects beautiful fragments of the environment and reveals the value of sleeping in this place with a minimum of operations.
The park is opposite Okayama Korakuen and just outside the meandering Asahikawa River, so a pleasant breeze is flowing from the river. I decided to place a curtain roof that sways in the wind at a place that would be the entrance to the wind of the river. The aluminum-deposited membrane roof casts shadows and it reflects the surrounding colors. In addition, as greenery flourish abundantly over many years in the park, roofs of various heights and sizes were floated so as to sew the gaps between the trees three-dimensionally, and surrounded by green walls. I created a space like a room. The existing road is an intersection where various people pass. The roof covers the road beyond the occupied area of the store and the boundary of the site allowing passerby to be sheltered by the same roof unknowingly. I tried to make the architecture with grandeur and welcoming.
Since this roof is operable, it is not treated as architecture in a legal sense. By removing this legalistic limitation, we remove unnecessary institutional boundaries and behavior towards the environment. A new sense of freedom is born. Visitors can drink wine and enjoy a delicious meal while feeling the river breeze in the green and admiring the beautiful scenery along the river. As the meal progress, the clerk and the person walking the dog are talking happily. The park that doesn't belong to anyone will change to a park where someone comes, and it will transform into a park for everyone.