Koban Police Box by Klein Dytham Architecture

Koban Police Box by Klein Dytham Architecture

Koban Police Box by Klein Dytham Architecture

Koban Police Box by Klein Dytham Architecture

Koban Police Box by Klein Dytham Architecture

I think what’s particularly delightful about this small, boxy Police Station designed by Klein Dytham is that it turns the ubiquitous parapet into a kind of urban-scaled optic toy. The tall, white wall around the roof of the project is punctuated with cutouts that let folks walking or driving by the station see the shifting spectrum of colors painted behind the perforated wall. The project is appropriately extroverted (who really wants to spend too much time inside a police station?) and is as clever as any of Klein Dytham’s best projects. The wall cantilevers over one side of the project to make a shaded parking space for the patrol car and when the sunlight shines through the wall, it casts a punctuated shadow on the ground. Who knew a parapet could do all that?

1 Comment Koban Police Box by Klein Dytham Architecture

  1. mike March 23, 2012 at 1:28 PM

    Very cool.

    Fyi, there are quite a few styled koban in japan. Ikebukuro for example has this –

    http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/6/6c/Fukurou-koban.jpg

    A stemming from a play on words, Fukurou meaning owl and being close in pronunciation. There are a ton of owl themed things around the neighborhood and in the train station there.

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