Honor Award -- Design
Yamanashi Prefecture, Japan
Tooru Miyakoda; Motohide Ogata; Michio Udaka
Tooru Miyakoda, President
Keikan Sekkei Tokyou Co., Ltd.
5-6-23, Kita Shinagawa
Tokyo, JAPAN 141-0001
Purpose: This project started as a civil engineering work to
redesign the slope beside new bridge with a minimal of design. The area
of the site is about 7,200m. The Landscape Architect proposed that the
landscape work was not to cover the slope with vegetation, but also to
develop the site for people's use (Mt. Fuji viewing park, children's playlot,
and terraced park). The site is surrounded by the typical rural landscape
"terraced paddy field" in Japan. Our theme of landscape design here is
in harmony with surrounding environment and to creating the place for
The park is consisted of the following 3 major parts:
"Mt. Fuji Viewing Plaza" is an observatory for viewing Mt.
Fuji. Mt. Fuji can be seen from the frame which is formed with
columns of the Gazebo. We call this "Ikedori" which means Japanese
traditional design method.
"Terraced Plaza" is facing to existing "Tanada (terraced paddy
field)" scenery. The plaza is for people's use. Existing "Tanada
(terraced paddy field)" and terraced plaza, both made from same
nature stone. We try to design to keep sustainable environments
using same "Tanada (terraced paddy field)" material.
"Playlot Plaza" is designed to create a place for community
with joy of nature. The plaza becomes a place that children
always drop in and enjoy playing after school.
Role Of The Landscape Architect:
To redesign and to enhance the site from poor landscape, embankment
and abutment beside new bridge created by civil engineers,
To preserve the existing "T anada (terraced paddy field)" scenery
To keep the relationship of sustainability (nature & people),
To harmonize with surrounding environment and new park.
Special Factor: This project continued 7 years from beginning
to completion. During the period, the Landscape Architect performed not
only designing, but also the collaborated with local citizens to expand
the site. As result, a citizen donated his land for parking and park.
We proposed to built community center for regional people on the donated
site. Now, the community center was constructed.
It is necessary to unify the site by design because the site is divided
into 3 parts by road and river. As the solution, the Landscape Architect
proposed that smoothing the circulation and to unify the design motif
and materials. Materials are mainly stone and timber that are used in
the agricultural landscape of the region for long time. Design of gazebo
and water mill are using traditional design motif on this region.
New bridge made the dynamic movement of regional residents
and the bridge became a place for gathering people to forming
community. The Landscape Architect involved not only designing,
but also supporting to form community such as advising process
of adjacent community center construction.
As the park is designed to keep relationship of sustainability,
people can rediscover harmony of beautiful scenic "Tanada (terraced
paddy field)" and new landscape of the park.
The landscape Architect try to create new rural landscape design
which has blended existing "Tanada (terraced paddy field)" with
the Park. This sustainable relationship will be left for the
Client Statement: The harsh slope that was designed by the
Civil Engineer was gently improved by its redesign by the landscape
architectural firm, Keikan Sekkei of Tokyo. The design of the park
was well considered and is in harmony with the surrounding rural
sustainable landscape. The park creates a sense of community and
is greatly enjoyed by the people who live in these surroundings.
Also, people from urban areas come here to enjoy the rural agricultural
qualities of its landscape.
Two major features of the park are the "Tanada" which is the name
for terraced rice fields typical of the adjacent agricultural landscape
at the base of Mt. Kushigata. Also, views to Mt. Fuji are featured
in the design of a "viewing plaza" that is focused on distant view.
This park is a place where rural and urban populations can meet
In a rural environment. In densely developed Japan, this promotes
the movement towards the development of more parks in rural and