Kyoto Station

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In the summer of 2010, I took part in the UofO Kyoto Summer Program.  Our studio program was to create a welcoming space in the heart of Kyoto – to ease the transition between this ancient cultural mecca and its hyper-modern central transit station.  The method was a framework of abstracted, derived geometry populated by elements from the cultural vernacular of old Japan.  The result was something entirely bizarre.  The medium was watercolor.

I had the pleasure of working on this studio with two very fine gentlemen: David Besley and King Yin Tang.

View From Above

We took some classic Japanese plants: Cryptomeria japonica, flowering cherry trees, bamboo, and rice, and planted them in tatami-style units, which made up various pieces of a multi-level terrace system.  These terraces simulated the mountains on either side of the Kamo River Valley, in which Kyoto is located.  We also wanted our design to call out the traditional Japanese land-planning system of Satoyama.  Water runs throughout the landscape, and the terraces mask the transportation infrastructure.

South Elevation

Since we desired to plant very large trees which could not be artificially supported, we designed large skylights that penetrated through the terraces, through the bus station, and through the underground city/shopping center to the earth below.  This allowed the trees to grow, and brought light, rain, and a sense of the outside into the levels below ground.

Tree Terrace

Another interesting feature:  surrounding the terrace units with tree openings is a landscape room walled in by tall-growing bamboo, beautifully illustrated here by King.

Bamboo Room

Our final presentation layout:

Full Board


One Response to “Kyoto Station”

  1. Jessica Klein (@anewisland) March 10, 2012 at 12:07 pm #

    cool. the bamboo room is really nice, it almost looks like rain or a waterfall in the illustration. nice artwork!

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