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Related articles Who is Junya Ishigami? Junya Ishigami is a Japanese architect. He was born in Kanagawa prefecture in In Ishigami displayed his solo exhibition in the Japanese pavilion at the 11th Venice Architecture Biennale. In this project, Ishigami blends architecture, landscape, and art.
The Water Garden saw him import trees from one island to another. He created an oasis made of small, shallow pools of water as well as twisting waterways, nestled among the variety of trees.
All of them were carefully and precisely observed and examined to be sure of their ecological longevity. At a construction site near the location of the project, many trees were supposed to be cut down. However, Ishigami proposed to transplant them from that site into the area of the Water Garden and to draw water from the sluice gate nearby to fill the numerous small ponds.
And just like that, a new concept of overlapping and combining landscape gave rise to a unique and impressive scenery. Moss is laid out nicely to fill the spaces in the place between the trees and the ponds.
All this was done without adding or discarding anything that was initially at the site, creating a hitherto unseen, new nature on the site. Extending the dimensions of the model and achieving the accuracy of the scene were realized simultaneously. Through arranging trees according to shapes, and adding the ponds on the ground, the vague background of the forest was given a new outline and considered as a space with too much detail. The act of moving trees from the adjacent site to the location of the project and rearranging them already shifts the piece of the puzzle intentionally.
The autonomy of each tree is created. The luminous spaces appear between the over trees shapes while the ponds are created among the trees. Trees that makeup Water Garden are all deciduous trees, including canine, beech, and Quercus. Ideally, these trees cannot coexist like that with water so close. By applying a waterproofing system in the ponds, the artist creates a new coexistence as well as a new relationship.
He states: If architects and non-architects from all over, people all around the world would think about architecture more freely, if such scenery joined together to form a single space, the world would be all the richer for it. The different values in the world and types of architecture in the world would come closer together.
Architecture would become more intimate than it is now. Water Garden was intended to be a site for meditation and contemplation.
While Water Garden is carefully modeled are depends on technological artifacts, the project is both extremely artificial as well as undeniably natural. It is a living entity that grows and transforms by its inherent dynamics.
Analysis The Water Garden brought together landscapes that were in the surrounding but never met, mingle, and mix. The result is an ecosystem connected to the nearby existing irrigation channel with water flowing throughout continuously at varying rates. According to Ishigami, The primary objective of this project was to create a new form of nature as an extension of nature, as we now know it; the future of nature through the eyes of man.
The idea was to superimpose the water and the environment created by the trees based on the historical fact that the site was previously used as rice paddy fields. It was extremely important to create a new natural environment only by re-constructing natural elements that used to exist at the place, including trees, mosses, grasses, stones, water, and soil.
He discards the idea of architecture as a built, utilitarian structure by reversing the business-as-usual process, which is: building first, landscaping second — if at all. In his projects, including Water Garden, Ishigami demonstrates an excellent ability to perceive his practice as being beyond the boundaries of the architecture domain of thinking.
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