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This project was a renovation of a teahouse garden section with the main Taikoen Garden that had been protected as a Tangible Cultural Property. We set up a water-feature to make the teahouse stand out. The six-meter-long bridge-stone used over the water-feature is modeled after the bridge-stone in the main garden pond, which is a major symbol of Taikoen Garden. We planted deciduous trees, such as maple and salas, around the water-feature.
For this restaurant facing the Dotonbori River in Horie, Osaka City, we used a stone called Teppei-seki for the flooring . This Teppei-seki, taken from Suwa in Nagano Prefecture, brought a unique taste of nature. We also made the reception counter with offcuts from the same stone. For the private room in the back, we used diatomite on the walls to create a woodblock-style atmosphere.
A project is development of beachside space for the use of glamping or glamorous camping. Reflecting American West coast style, we used abundant palms, agaves, and succulents including cacti. In the 1460 ㎡ space surrounded by restaurants, we placed white sand imported from Vietnam along with coco palms and Russian olives to create beach-like space.
Concept Façade wall project for Subaru Roman Resort hot spring leisure facility. The idea was inspired by seeing the redness of the local earth when first inspecting the site. The color fits well with the existing building (black), and when seen from below the slope that is topped by a pounded-earth wall, it has an apparent height of about 7 meters. Making the wall required 170 cubic meters of earth.
We created a residential garden each part of which has a special story. For example, using the small garden "ogitsubo" in Kyoto Imperial Palace as a motif, we createdgosho-no-tsubowith a single weeping cherry tree and Calicarpa japonica. In the norther garden, we created a green carpet with Ophiopogon japonica and planted camellias which bloom in winter. Insatoyama-no-niwa, we used mountain plants. Next to it, we planted a 5-meter Japanese maple which can be framed by the window of a house.
Art Deco rooftop garden project The Shanghai Grand Theatre was built in 1928 as the first movie theater in the East side of the world. With its art deco style, it is a valued historical and cultural asset. In preparation for the Shanghai World Expo 2010, the theatre building was renovated under government direction, including a rooftop garden and restaurants on the top level. The restaurant is named "ARK" (operated by the Maverick DC Group).
We created a healing garden for a mixed-use elderly care facility that, included day care, hospital care, and a nursing home. We approached this project with the aim that thegarden can contribute to the following goals: 1) residents can connect to each other; 2) residents can connect to nature; 3) residents can improve their lives. Seasonal plants help to stimulate forgotten memories through smell and touch and lead to reminiscence therapy.
We designed and constructed the Rapoppo rooftop vegetable garden for Tokyo Skytree Town, an urban vegetable plot where you can get earth on your hands in the middle of the city. Members of the the garden planted sweet potato seedlings in early summer, and can harvest the crop in autumn. A 3-meter tall iconic iron sculpture with a farmer motif adds to the fun atmosphere.
Complementing the style of its international-themed facility which provides music, arts, wine from different parts of the world, the façade garden accommodates plants originating from different counties, such as 12-meter palms, agaves, and bougainvillea. In the front garden of a restaurant, we provided rush of greenery in limited space. A tree tunnel and a roundabout route makes people feel the space larger than it is. A water feature is also giving movement to the scene.
Project for a bridal facility next to Tokyo Tower - a landmark that everyone knows. The beautiful and much-loved tower is visible from the chapel, terrace, and banqueting rooms. We used a mobile crane early in the morning to lift a mature olive tree and distinctive imported plants to the roof of the facility for planting in the rooftop lounge space. To match the Spanish restaurant located in the first floor, we used Latin vegetation.
Renovating a closed elementary school, agriculture theme park was designed. We were in charge of landscape design and construction. Respecting the nature which has nurtured children, we tried to plant the seeds of the land’s memory which can be inherited to the next generation. We created flower fields, sculptures, and a policy stone to welcome visitors. In addition, we designed a rear garden with Sweet Potato oven and terrace for Cherry Café to accommodate various events.
We created a garden for a wedding venue with a New York City sense of style. Forest-like trees and water features at the entrance creates a magical beginning to a special day. A self-sustaining garden provides a fun, fresh, and relaxing atmosphere where brides and glooms can simply be themselves. The front yard is open to the street and subsequently contributes to the overall beautification of the neighborhood, like public parks.
Project down a quiet alley off Gaiennishi-dori in Shirokane. Created by renovating an old two-story house, the interior retains the 80 year-old flavor, cleverly integrating modern elements to a structure from the good old days of Japanese architecture. As a result, the house was reborn with a very unique design. The space also makes a good use of trees such as winter camellia, sakura, and shidare-zakura, and other vegetation to enhance the delight of the Japanese seasons.
Project for condominium landscaping and interior design of the entrance space After a generously curved stone clad wall and an approach full of greenery, you find a relaxing space with lots of books. By ensuring that this space is not visible in advance, the design enhances the sense of depth of the approach. Lighting deliberately brings out contrasts between light and dark areas, making the communal areas feel dynamic.
The site is shaped like a flag on a flagpole, so there is a long approach before reaching the actual condominium building. To make the most of this awkward shape, we adopted a motif from old Japanese house designs—the tooriniwa, a passage running through the house from front to back. Stones, recycled building materials, and moss are incorporated into the design as part of the progression from the approach to the lobby, communicating the warmth of natural materials.
Concept : Erotic garden project Moss represents a mother's love. The entrance of granite and copper paneling is like the birth canal, welcoming you back into the womb, with the wall of "mother's love" at the far end. Point : A mesh of stainless steel laths covers the surface of the moss, representing fishnet tights.
The project's mission was to design a landscape for a bridal facility with the theme of Palm Springs, California. The landscape expresses a sense of liberation and light quality that Southern California is known for. Washingtonia robusta stretches up toward the sky and bring in the feeling of lightness to the space. The greenness of the garden contrasts nicely with the blue sky. At night, carefully located lighting creates a more exotic atmosphere.
We took charge of the stone-work for an interior space and terrace greenery of a restaurant in the Tokyo Garden Terrace building. The design included an entrance sign and a three-meter counter wall, utilizing a one-ton monolithic piece ofenastone. Within the terrace, we placed architectural agaves to accentuate the exotic experience. We also attached caster wheels to the containers, so that they can be easily moved when the restaurant hosts an event.
The pursuit of Osaka's identity resulted in a greenery plan that included a mixture of various tree species. In an area where there is not a lot of greenery, we have created a landmark by planting a large amount of trees, and it has become a welcoming spot for visitors to the area.
Italian & Sushi Bar. We used plants and made a path through the greenery to give it a hideaway feel. Even though it is located in the middle of the city, it was important to make a disconnection from the outside in order to create a special dining experience, and the front garden is meant to fulfill that role.
We led the landscape design of the now rebranded Hotel Du Park, formerly known as Nikko Hotel, in Vietnam’s capital, Hanoi. We started by researching local trees and stones for our material selection. We aimed to create an atmosphere of refinement and dignity as a high-class Asian hotel, while incorporating a Japanese sense of aesthetics.
In the port city of Sannomiya, we tore down one of the two chapels to build a space for a garden wedding using the surrounding lush greenery. The pond pouring from the corten-steel wall-fountain creates a beautiful, blue gradation. A leafy camphor tree that originally existed in the hall was transplanted and used as the main tree. This way, we were able to introduce an additional value to the garden that had not been present before by encouraging visitors to interact with it.
We were tasked with tearing down an old hotel in the Chikuho Ryokuchi area, and then afterwards had discussions with Iizuka City Hall, in which we planned the project for a new hotel and glamping facility on the remaining 22,000 square-meter site. The selection of the hotel placement was also decided by us, the landscape-design side. We also directed the building of the glamping facility's cottages and tents, including the construction work.
During the renovation of this garden, the first thing we sought was to create a sense of separation from the surrounding environment by using abundant greenery. We also aimed to create an exotic hotel atmosphere by installing a blue-gradation pond to represent shallow sea in tropical countries; and arranging long-arched benches, palm trees, and stones of the kind you see in Los Angeles.