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2019

GOOD DESIGN|グッドデザイン・ベスト100

Award-winning item
Botanical Garden [ART BIOTOP "WATER GARDEN"]
Business Owner
Takara Leben Co.,Ltd, nikissimo lnc.
Category
14-04 Landscape, civil engineering structures
Company
Takara Leben Co., Ltd. (Japan)
nikissimo Inc. (Japan)
Award Number
19G141105
Outline of Good Design Award winners
Outline of Good Design Award winners 2019

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Outline

The Water Garden — an unrivaled ecosystem is comprised of 318 trees and 160 uniquely sized biotopes (artificial ponds) distributed in an interwoven fashion with the help of some elaborate calculations. It is a special place for meditation where one can feel the communion between humans and nature, where people can surpass all barriers to gather, share their feelings and sharpen their five senses.

Producer

Hitomi Kitayama, Yokozawa Farm lnc.

Director

Kazuichi Shimada, Takara Leben Co., Ltd. + Miyu Kitayama, nikissimo lnc.

Designer

Junya Ishigami, junya. ishigami + associates

More information

https://www.artbiotop.jp/water_garden

Already in service/use
2018/6/3

Evaluation

The extremely organic scenery seen here is a natural-looking one that feels like you've seen before but is actually a scenery that is not possible in nature. This is because if such complex water basins formed in a natural setting, it would raise the water level to the point that makes it impossible for tall trees to thrive. The beautiful ponds are not naturally formed but are a work of art ("art biotop") that is managed to maintain the beauty. This new natural scenery actually reflects the spirit of Japanese gardens that has been handed down for generations. That is why this garden, capturing the essence of Japanese design, makes you feel nostalgic even though it is something you have never seen before.

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