A natural park in Japan to admire ancient geological sculptures

The studio Case-Real redeveloped Genbu-do Park, site of ancient magma structures: paths, platforms and seating shape a new public space to appreciate  the landscape.

The Genbu-do Park in Toyooka City, west of Hyogo Prefecture in Japan, is a geo-park with so-called columnar joints, geological structures – polygonal prisms or columns – formed more than a million years ago as a result of the cooling and solidification of magma. The redevelopment of the park was entrusted to the Case-Real studio to shape new pathways that would allow visitors to safely admire the caves and the unique sculpture-like geological formations. 

Genbu-do Park
CASE-REAL, Genbu-do Park

The fulcrum of the project are the sandblasted concrete platforms in front of the “Genbu-do” and “Seiryu-do” caves, the seats from which they can be observed and the paths through the area, also made of rough concrete. The pedestrian surfaces, characterised by shades of grey, follow the natural path, acting as squares and viewpoints. 

Genbu-do Park
CASE-REAL, Genbu-do Park

A challenge for the Japanese studio was the presence of previous fences, which prevented visitors from entering the caves while not allowing a good view of the them: iron tubes, perfect for blending in with the landscape, were thus inserted in place of the fences. 

Genbu-do Park
CASE-REAL, Genbu-do Park

Stairs, handrails and ticket office have been redeveloped through the use of colour – neutral tones have been chosen in contrast to the originals – and the revision of shapes, which are now perfectly integrated in the context, just as the graphics have been modified and unified. 

Project :
Genbu-do Park
Location :
Hyogo, Giappone
Program :
Park and public space
Architects :
CASE-REAL / Koichi Futatsumata, Koichi Shimohira, Ritsu Shibata
Deatil design :
Kitai Sekkei, Matsuda Architect Office
Construction :
Civil Works / Nakagawa, Building Works / Seiwa, Construction Supervision / Shinei
Lighting design :
Graphic design :
BOOTLEG / Fumikazu Ohara, Takuma Fukuda
Client :
Toyooka City
Area :
14,700 sqm
Completion :

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