Sumit Singhal loves modern architecture. He comes from a family of builders who have built more than 20 projects in the last ten years near Delhi in India. He has recently started writing about the architectural projects that catch his imagination.
Waterscape / Memory of Spring in Hakone, Japan by Moriyuki Ochiai Architects
January 6th, 2017 by Sumit Singhal
Article source: Moriyuki Ochiai Architects
The following renovation project aimed to transform a botanical garden into a museum of craft works. Deliverables included a multi-purpose space with a kitchen, a dining space, and a stage for special exhibitions and performances, such as concerts and plays.
In order to enable a variety of activities, we built at the center of the space an octagonal amphitheater with a transparent resin floor to form a spring filled with the profound serenity and mystery surrounding water while acknowledging the memory of the natural spring that would well up in this place around the roots of a large banyan tree, a tree emblematic of the botanical garden, as well as the waters of Lake Ashi, Hakone’s main sightseeing spot.
Like the surface of a lake that mirrors the evolving landscape, the changes in natural light throughout the day and the seasonal variations in the color of the trees all come together in a signature gradation that spreads across the entire floor surface like a wave of color filled with lively movement.
By spreading the image of water with colors, such as the light blue and purple applied to the columns and beams of the dome walls, and with polygonal ornaments representing the sparkle of water and the energy of trees mounted on the brown walls of the kitchen booth, we sought to create a waterscape ushered by the memory of the spring.
Moriyuki Ochiai, born in Tokyo, Japan, in 1973, is an architect and designer. In 2008, he established his own studio, Moriyuki Ochiai Architects that is active in architectural, interior, furniture,landscape and industrial design. The sources of our inspirations come from being captivated by the vivacious and lively beauty of nature or life. We can also feel the influence coming from the delicate sensitivity responding to the unique Japanese nature, which can be found in Japanese temples and gardens.
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