The site is located at Minatomirai in Yokohama, a business district wheremost of the area islandfilled and with less greenery.The learning center is new building for the group’s job training and it was required that the outdoor void must be designed for worker’s recreation, representing the groups philosophy at the same time. Taking advantage of its vertical interval,the landscape of the building was planned with the theme of “The HILL”, which provide lush greenery and scenic views.
The composition of the garden consists of “vertical” and “horizon”. To enhance horizontal composition, each floor has different views. With these views, people could enjoy their break and conversation with fresh air, as if they spend a time on a hill. The line pattern of the floors indicates directions and its distance to the world’s major cities. It expresses the vision of the group that have been expanding their business worldwide.
For vertical composition, trees are planted along stairs to create continuous greenery from floor to floor. Wide variety of trees also has a rule as a filter to soften the sunlight and bring fresh wind from outside of the architecture.
Nakanoshima district in the Osaka area is one of the most important hub of international tourist and domestic business people visiting in Osaka area. In order to convey the hotel’s concept of ‘Japanese sophistication’ , we created its garden with the theme of ‘Kaishiki’.
‘Kaishiki’ is a characteristic feature which is seen in traditional Japanese cuisine. Seasonal plant leaves and flowers are set aside the food to emphasize the seasonal sensation in a very subtle manner. For the Japanese, admiring the changing season is a ritual celebration in their daily lives. Such ritual celebration can be seen inJapanese garden, Ikebana (floral art), and seasonal word in Haiku, etc.
In the garden, cherry blossoms which informs the advent of spring are ‘arranged’ in steel vases, rather than just ‘planted’ within the planted zone. In Japan, there are more than 600 different species of cherry blossom, and in this garden each different species of cherry blossom are carefully selected and planted. Other trees are also carefully selected in order to visualize move in nature, such as wind and sunlight through swinging leaves and flowers.
Along with this Ikebana-like planting, we have designed the pavement by re-constructing the traditional japanese pattern. The random checked pattern is applied for the entire pavement and the plantation zoning. It has made the garden look modern yet traditional.
Capturing the fineness of nature and tradition in Japanese culture andre-interpreting them in present time has resulted in the expressing of the hotel’s fine hospitality.
Furniture project to expand potential of Japanese conifer. Japanese conifer, which is excess and abandoned in mountain, is not so suitable for use of furniture making in comparison to imported broadleaf hard tree. TOTEM is a series of kids furniture inspired by native american sculpture. By putting CNC milled modern relief on fine grained Japanese cypress, the unique tactile pattern helps child’s freewheeling imagination.