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Koban Police Station: You Have the Right to Remain Happy


When you think of police stations, you’d probably picture a plain building with a standard sign looking all hostile and foreboding, wherever it may be. And just when you think you know what to expect from a police station, out (or in?) comes the Koban Police Station – looking bright, sunny, colorful, and cheerful.

Koban Police StationThere’s no question that the Koban Police Station looks a bit out of place in Kumamoto, Japan, but it’s as cheery as police stations get. It’s a light and airy building topped off by a roof covered with Swiss cheese-like holes, backed with soothing pastel colors.


Its bright appearance could fool anyone. You could tell a would-be criminal that he’s walking into a daycare and he wouldn’t be any wiser until the officers put the cuffs on him inside.

Koban Police Station

The Koban Police Station was envisioned by architect Mark Dytham of Klein Dytham Architecture.

[via Knstrct]

Comments (1):

  1. E. Kerber says:

    Calling it the Koban police station is about as misleading as you can get. It’s called a “Koban.” And it is simply a police box. They are everywhere in Japan. This one just happens to be in Kumamoto. 99% of Kobans are simply plain, unattractive, brown brick buildings.

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