Saien Exhibition Garden by Tamako Ogura

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DESIGN DETAILS
DESIGN NAME:
Saien

PRIMARY FUNCTION:
Exhibition Garden

INSPIRATION:
This design was the feature garden for the government of Shizuoka Prefecture, for their flower and garden exhibition. My approach was to reflect the essential qualities and innate disposition, the geographical attractions such as Mt.Fuji, and the agricultural landscape, of Shizuoka in an aesthetically pleasing way. I wanted to bring East and West methodology into my designs. My hope is that this garden evokes fond memories in people, and inspires appreciation for their surrounding landscape.

UNIQUE PROPERTIES / PROJECT DESCRIPTION:
Traditional Japanese garden design methods are layered beneath modern grassy planting style of Western countries. Literal portrayal of popular landscape features, such as mountains, rivers, lakes, sea, tea plantations and tangerine orchards, are avoided or made more subtle by stylizing elements and using carefully chosen materials. Strong contrast is created in soft texture and solid form to give the garden a contemporary aesthetic. All materials used here are easy to take apart and are reusable.

OPERATION / FLOW / INTERACTION:
The budget of the garden was always tight, so to work within that I took existing trees, lawn and the surrounding view in to consideration and left open boundaries when designing this garden. To represent rivers, large gravel and angled paving stones expressed the water movement of the river. Lawn for the hill is western type of lawn which performs well in cooler season, stays green in winter, unlike the Japanese equivalent which stays brown, and looks better from the opening of the Exposition.

PROJECT DURATION AND LOCATION:
A design competition for this garden was held in September in 2013. Construction started in January 2014 and continued intermittently until the opening of the Exposition. This garden was exhibited at The Lake Hamana Flower Exposition 2014 at Hamanako Garden Park, Hamamatsu, Shizuoka Prefecture, Japan from 5th of April to 15th of June 2014.

PRODUCTION / REALIZATION TECHNOLOGY:
In my design I used grown tangerine trees and tea shrubs in pots and marguerite daisy, particular to Shizuoka Prefecture. Preferring flower perennials over annuals, I chose fast growing, long lasting flowering species and grasses. As it was late season I had to grow them quickly during winter. Some bulbs, grown in pot for the same reason, were also used to cover the time when perennials had less flower. All of the plants through the exhibition were planted at once, saving some costs in labour.

SPECIFICATIONS / TECHNICAL PROPERTIES:
Size of the garden is 13.0m wide and 10.0m deep (roughly. Because it has no clear boundaries) Height of the Lawn hill is about 1.6m.

TAGS:
Japanese Garden, Garden, Grass, Show Garden, Land Art, Mt. Fuji, Lawn Hill, Meadow, Contemporary, Landscape Design

RESEARCH ABSTRACT:
My research is constant, some of which comes from working and training around the world. In Europe, the work of many different designers impressed me, in how they played with texture and form of garden materials seen at shows such as at the World Expo Floriade. Similarly, Japanese garden design inspires thoughts of harmonizing both worlds. My research included sourcing local specialty plants, and working towards abstracting otherwise famous local features into a smaller compact design.

CHALLENGE:
The Symbolic Lawn Hill was built with soil and stones taken from the immediate site. Built first, this gave it time for the lawn to hold on to the hill and stabilise. To avoid the hill washing away, it was covered whenever it rained, and uncovered it to prevent steaming. We had to protect this area until the opening day. Both grown tangerine trees and tea shrubs in pot are hard to find, we had donations from a prefectural experimental station that offered help and from a local union for marguerites.

ADDED DATE:
2015-02-27 19:27:50

TEAM MEMBERS (2) :
Designer: Tamako Ogura and Construction: Niwakan Co., Ltd

IMAGE CREDITS:
Tamako Ogura, 2014

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CLIENT/STUDIO/BRAND DETAILS
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Outdoor Room Design

PROFILE:
Outdoor Room Design is Tamako Ogura's Landscape and Garden design office in Hamamatsu, Shizuoka Prefecture. From here, she designs for privately commissioned gardens, public outdoor spaces and horticultural events within her native prefecture, across Japan and overseas. Having been educated at both Tokyo University of Agriculture and at Middlesex University in London, UK, she seeks to bring elements from both East and West together in harmonious and aesthetically pleasing designs.

NOMINATION DETAILS

Saien Exhibition Garden by Tamako Ogura is a Nominee in Landscape Planning and Garden Design Category.

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AWARD DETAILS

Saien Exhibition Garden by Tamako Ogura is Winner in Landscape Planning and Garden Design Category, 2014 - 2015.



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