Nakamura Station Booklet English Edition
Nakamura Station is located in the rural site of the West Japan, Kochi Pref. This is the one of the challenge to the future of local railway station. The direction, architecture and designed by Yasuyuki KAWANISHI, Yoshihiro KURITA, Shintaro YANAGI / nextstations.
Published on: Mar 3, 2016
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The renovation project for the Nakamura Station architect: Yasuyuki KAWANISHI + Yoshihiro KURITA + Shintaro YANAGI / nextstations the waiting room the platform and bench
The renovation project for the Nakamura Station architect: Yasuyuki KAWANISHI + Yoshihiro KURITA + Shintaro YANAGI / nextstations the most of materials are the local cypress (hinoki) the ticktet office and informationsThe renovation project for the Nakamura Station is located on the city of Shimanto, Kochi Prefecture, 1.027km away fromTokyo. It is quite isolated from any urban cities. These areas are declining a demand for a local railway’s passengers byreason of the society depending on personal cars and suffering from depopulation. Therefore most of passengers arestudents and old people. This is not only a Japanese local problem, but a global problem for all over the world.The Train schedule is only once an hour at this railway, therefore we had to rethink about“a waiting time”as a firstpriority.Most of Japanese railway stations have a ticket gate for fare control even such as an isolated station. We considered it asa big barrier for passenger’s comfort. We removed the gate first, and expand an actual waiting room to the platform.Thus passengers could move freely over the barrier and finds a nice semi-outside waiting room beside the river.We focused on“a passenger’s smile”during the waiting time. We believe their face must be beautiful, lively andsometime elegant at the public, because the station’s leading character is passenger themselves. To make lovely smile,we designed the lighting system with bench and shelves of retail all in one. It controls everything at the waiting room. Atthe same time we also try to make a rule for information, sign system and advertisement. The rule is thought by givingpriority to human eyes.By these design, the waiting room is kept up itself as a public space in good atmosphere.After the renovation, a lot of young students are coming back to Nakamura station and staying for long time as a self-study room. The wonderful atmosphere is kept by the eager students. We believe they will be good passengers for nextgeneration and solve the local and global problems one by one. The new public space is just started. Location : 7-1, Ekimae-cho Shimanto City Kochi, JAPAN Main Use : Railway Station Site Area : 662.50 m2 Total Floor Area : 694.05 m2 Keywords : Cultural Exchange, Public Space, Traffic Network, Small City