A Palace for Nature reinvents the idea of creating luxury into something meaningful, creating life and nature through a self-sustainable botanical oasis in the desert. The heart of the palace is an oasis covered by a central dome, the design is inspired by the Sidra Tree, which is native to Qatar and is a symbol for perseverance, solidarity and determination.
The aim of this design was to reflect the essential qualities and innate disposition of Shizuoka prefecture in an aesthetically pleasing way. Tamako conveys the geographical attractions and the agricultural landscape of this region using traditional Japanese garden design methodology. Avoiding literal use of popular sights such as Mount Fuji and Lake Hamana, these and other features were abstracted subtly into her design. In doing so, interest is shown in introducing the modern movement of garden design to visitors who have not had the opportunity or fortune to visit gardens outside Japan.
Garden surrounding the historic willa in the city center. Long and narrow plot with height differences of 7m. Area was divided into 3 levels. The lowest front garden combine the requirements of the conservator and the modern garden. Second level: Recreation garden with two gazebos - on the roof of an underground pool and garage. Third level: Woodland children garden. The project aimed to divert attention from the noise of the city and turning toward nature. This is why garden has some interesting water features such as water stairs and the water wall.
Memory lane is a simple block reconstruction project, based on specific business development purposes, the block design chose imitation for the style and features of a city of a particular historical period, and the selection of some with history and local characteristics of materials and processes, and to enhance the style characteristics. Design strives to maintain cityscape in time continuity, respect for the site of the basic characteristics of space, respect environmental preferences of the city in the general population and take these as the core design methods.
As the aim of the project was to create a showcase for South Africa’s identity, national heritage and place of celebration, the main theme for the Freedom Park Project was to express unity in diversity, of extreme importance in present day circumstances all over the world. The spiral path of the park plays the role of unifying core for the elements that make Freedom Park an experience for reflection, self exploration and enlightenment. These elements are Freedom Park Museum, the Gathering Space, the Gardens of Rememberance and the Memorial, the Wall of Rememberance as well as a series of smaller scale “green follies” dispersed in the park. They form a so-called update version of an initiation rite in which the visitors remember and acknowledges history celebrates, and make dreams for the future. The spiral path is paved with a mixture of textures ribbed faced concrete, bricks, as well as stone in irregular patterns, but close to human scale and low-key as an intervention so as to subtly guide the visitors through the site.