Osamu Morishita Architect & Associates has won the Honorable Mention for the Project Ginsyadan / reflecting-frames at International Architecture Awards 2018 hosted by Architecture Podium with the idea of acknowledging the works of professionals and students of architecture. IAA is an all exclusive design competition, analysing and comparing the conceptual and built works of professionals. The competition received a total of 586 Registrations from across the globe. Architecture Podium has gained a Big name among the Architecture Awards Internationally with Winners from renowned Studios like Aedas, TerreformOne, Rockwell Group, Pepe Gascon Arquitectura, Morphogenesis, Dada & Partners, Nadaaa, XTEN Architecture, Mecanoo, ABIBOO Architecture and many more from across the globe.
Original Article: Architecture Podium
About the project:
The scenery of Ginsyadan design enhances the space of courtyard with the emphasis of interpretation, style and idealized of metaphor idea of the traditional Japanese scenery view of Ginsyadan and less elements used in this modern Japanese landscape architecture.
The site location is in the semi-public area of one residential building in Gokomachi, Kyoto. The enclosed garden in 2 courtyards reproduced to the nature with artificial shapes. To reproduce the appearance of flowing water, small white stone from the river was used. A Karesansui is a typical Japanese courtyard where inside there is the small rock scape with straight lines representing waves.
Ginsyadan is the name of the Karesansui present in Ginkakuji Temple in Kyoto, which is one of the most famous examples. The flow of water was also expressed with emphasis by using square shaped stainless steel flat bars layered from down to the top. Along the approach from the entrance to the garden, there are trees that also arranged in a grid frame, invited calmly by the transition from the place you belong to the scenery of Ginsyadan. The design is timeless, simple and elegant. On the other hand, make people feel calm likes a flow of water even daytime or night time with illumination light-ups.
The building was completed 10-year ago, the client would like to upgrade the backyard next to the lift lobby of the apartment area. Inspired by the Japanese Rock-Garden, we randomly stacked up steel grids with illuminations and tiny stones underneath. Our design created a simple but elegant atmosphere surrounding the lift lobby, allow inhabitants to enjoy the difference during day and night.
The complex consists of shop from the ground to the first floor, and flats for rental housing between the second and the fifth floor. Not far from the town market, the site is surrounded by lot of temples and traditional houses, called Machi-ya (“Machi” means town and “ya” means house). Kyoto is characterized by a typical Japanese ancient environment which recent regulations on new architectures are trying to preserve. This project had to manage this matter.
Gokomachi is the name of the street where the complex faces. The facade of the ground floor, divided in three parts, consists of shops, at the lateral sides. In the middle, an open passage brings to the internal court of the building which also gives access to the residences. The width of the each part on the ground floor, visible from Gokomachi Dori, is about 6 meters, as the Machi-ya facades, in order to ensure a comfortable space for people walking down the street. Also the new materials try to reproduce with modern forms the aspect of the typical Japanese houses.
The internal court cuts out its microcosm from the surroundings and imitates artificially a natural landscape. The square shaped void above the court, in the center of which there is a symbolic tree, permit to see the sky from ground. The floor of the internal passage is made by Cumaru wood, granite and brilliant glass reproducing the feeling of small water pools.
The main elevation is divided in four levels. A COR-TEN steel marquise, which emphasize Japanese-style image with its horizontal shape, frames the ground level. Above it, the front of the first floor is described by a movable wooden lattice frame put behind the fireproof glass screen. The second floor makes contrast with an aluminum grid which preserve the privacy of the residents. Third floor’s volume is like a separated volume, moved back from the street front, and it is composed by a surface in COR-TEN steel.