MulvannyG2 designs a 'symbol of revitalisation' for Hiroshima
Hiroshima, Japan, is a dynamic city that has revitalised itself in the last seven decades after the destruction and devastation of WWII and is now filled with hometown pride. The client's goal of Hiroshima Ball Park Town is to create a 10.9-acre destination in the heart of the city where locals and visitors alike could come together to celebrate Hiroshima's baseball team, the Carp, while enjoying retail and culinary amenities.
The development's vitality, energy, and flow must draw visitors throughout the site on game days, inviting people to come early to eat and shop and stay late celebrating the Carp's victories as well as non-game days for lunch and after work activities.
MulvannyG2 developed the design concept around three traits which describe the city and its Hiroshima Carp baseball team:
Determined: heavy stone materials were used on the lower portion of the stadium and various parts of the project to represent the unwavering, strong spirit, and determination of the city and its people.
Proud: the grand entrance was designed as a spacious, welcoming entry into the development, with a monument that honors Hall of Fame players and boldly asserts the team's existence to visitors.
Dynamic: by keeping the design of the facade along the Ball Park Promenade simple, the flow of carp calmly swimming upstream to the stadium is conveyed. Connecting the big box retail to the central plaza with steps fashions the overall development concept of uniform townscape with free circulation. With the incorporation of a grand staircase and water elements, the plaza becomes a space for visitors to relax and interact.
Just like baseball is a sport that brings victory through teamwork, the design team met the client's goal to create an attractive town people can enjoy visiting, whether a game is taking place or not.