Received Four Awards Simultaneously, Including for EV ECO Park™ and RED HILL 1967

2023.11.6 NEWS RELEASE

GIKEN LTD. (Head Office: Kochi-shi, Kochi; President: Shinnosuke Moribe; hereafter “GIKEN”) has announced it has received a GOOD DESIGN AWARD 2023 from the Japan Institute of Design Promotion for EV ECO ParkTM, an automated parking facility for ultra-compact electric vehicles (EVs), as well as for RED HILL 1967, a facility that communicates the superiority of press-in technology, and the Sozokan (The Museum of Piling Machines) and Research Building within the facility. These awards are given for beauty in form and ability to enrich people, society, and the future.

GIKEN has continued to provide solutions to social issues arising from changes in the times and society since its establishment. Winning these globally recognised awards will help increase awareness of GIKEN machines, construction methods, and structures, and drive their increased use. GIKEN will continue contributing to solving global construction issues, creating safe and comfortable cities, and ultimately realising a sustainable society through its one-of-a-kind technologies.


The GOOD DESIGN AWARD is an activity for evaluating and promoting the designs that represent Japan. It succeeded the Good Design Product Selection System that was established in 1957. It is a global design award that attracts entries from many companies and organisations from Japan and around the world. The award is held each year with the aim of improving quality of life and utilising design to solve social issues and themes. The G Mark, the symbol of a GOOD DESIGN AWARD winner, is widely known as a symbol of excellent design.

*Reference: GOOD DESIGN AWARD website

■EV EcoCO ParkTM

EV ECO Park™ is an automated parking facility for ultra-compact EVs that offers added value in terms of space-saving, high capacity, quick entry/retrieval, and automatic charging while parked. This solves both the shortage of parking space and charging facilities, which have become an issue for driving the increased use of ultra-compact EVs, and contributes to a carbon neutrality. The smooth mechanical operation of the interior can be seen from outside, contributing to the creation of a functional and sustainable city as an attractive parking lot.

*Reference: GIKEN website

■RED HILL 1967

RED HILL 1967 is a facility that communicates information on press-in technology. Based on the concept of “Seeing is believing,” the facility exhibits actual machines, construction methods, and structures that represent the best of press-in technology. Visitors from all over the world can cross language and cultural barriers to learn about the “press-in” and experience its advantages and applications.

*Reference: RED HILL 1967 official website

■Sozokan / The Museum of Piling Machines

The Sozokan is the only museum of piling machines in the world. It features a total of 50 piling machines on display, including the Group's proudest inventions and developments throughout its history, as well as piling machines with a variety of principles from around the world. The museum also explains how the practical application of press-in technology has made piling work, once considered a cause of construction pollution, pollution-free. The building is a completely new structure, employing steel sheet piles as the main structural materials to create a large space. It demonstrates the new possibilities of press-in technology and steel sheet piles.

*Reference: RED HILL 1967 official website

■Research Building

The Research Building features a theatre hall and an exhibition hall that explain the past, present, and future of press-in technology, as well as a laboratory. The building is first structure of its kind in the world* that uses pressed-in steel sheet piles to create a continuous wall that integrates all the functionality of pile foundations, pillars, and walls. The land can be easily restored to its original condition by simply pulling out the steel sheet piles, which can then be converted to other uses. It is a sustainable design that can flexibly respond to changes in the times and society. Press-in technology enables high-precision construction, making it possible to create difficult curved designs with straight steel sheet piles. Press-in technology and steel sheet piles developed for foundation work have been extended to building applications.

*According to internal research
*Reference: RED HILL 1967 official website

Profile of GIKEN Group
GIKEN developed SILENT PILERTM, the world’s first reaction-based hydraulic pile jacking machine, installing piles without noise or vibration. GIKEN Group now actively promotes its press-in technology worldwide and contributes to the construction industry by proposing and implementing innovative solutions. The innovative press-in technology provides a unique solution and the adoption of this technology has spread to over 40 nations and regions.

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