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Honor Award -- Design

Hotarumibashi Park
Yamanashi Prefecture, Japan

Tooru Miyakoda; Motohide Ogata; Michio Udaka

Tooru Miyakoda, President
Keikan Sekkei Tokyou Co., Ltd.
5-6-23, Kita Shinagawa
Shinagawa-ku
Tokyo, JAPAN 141-0001
Tel: 03-5423-3816
Fax: 03-5423-3817
keikan-t@ma.kcom.ne.jp

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 community.

The park is consisted of the following 3 major parts:

  1. "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.

  2. "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.

  3. "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:

  1. To redesign and to enhance the site from poor landscape, embankment and abutment beside new bridge created by civil engineers,

  2. To preserve the existing "T anada (terraced paddy field)" scenery ,

  3. To keep the relationship of sustainability (nature & people),

  4. 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.

Significance:

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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 future generations.

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 agricultural landscape.

 

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