THE AXIS OF PEACE
Novum Design Award
Architectural Design Category
THE AXIS OF PEACE
Monuments / Rest area in the park / Disaster guidance lights
Japan Yokosuka City
Architecture / Monuments / Lighting Design / Park
Creative Director : Seiichi Saito (Panoramatiks) | Producer : Nozomi Yamaguchi (Panoramatiks) | Designer : Takumi Takahashi (HAKUTEN) | Producer : Hiroki Takahashi (HAKUTEN) / Shuntaro Kono (HAKUTEN) | Construction Manager : Yoshihiro Watanabe (HAKUTEN)
Yokosuka Central Park was used as a "turret" during World War II. Therefore, we designed a monument of lighted turrets of peace.
The pillars of light can be seen from a distance and remind us of our almost forgotten thoughts of peace in our daily lives.
In addition, in Japan, which is prone to disasters, the pillars of light are lit up to guide citizens to evacuation parks and support people's lives.
A circle, which has meant infinity since ancient times, is drawn by citizens with their wishes for peace and engraved on the monument.
We have created a space that is filled with the circle of peace throughout the day and night.
We did not just build a monument, we tried to create a new landscape. The axis of peace, which can be seen from afar, gives us a sense of peace in our daily lives.
We decided to involve citizens in the design because we feel that it is important to connect with people now that the COVID-19 disaster is upon us. We wanted people to feel a sense of unity by looking at the countless circles engraved on the monument.
And by combining the memories of the past with the monuments, we hope that they will be loved by people of all ages for a long time to come.
Photo | Nacasa ＆ Partners Inc. | Akira Arai
DESIGN SCORE: /100
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