GARDEN FOREST WITH RICH EXPERIENCE
How can landscape architects encourage disable children to have lots of diverse experience? Colors, sounds, scents, textures, winds, rain, light, taste may stimulate these children through experience in nature. This garden of the group home and medical support center for local disable children “Bloom no kaze” can give disabled children rich nature experience with all physical senses in urban small forest.
RESERVED EXISTING FOREST WITH NEW COLORFUL AND SCENTFUL PLANTS
The main structure of the garden is the existing forest which we try to reserve by changing layout of main building for the center. The forest has many over 20 meter high trees with nice shadow, however, forest floor vegetation is poor to experience with visible flower and fruits, leaves in touchable height. In our design, new low touchable visible trees with special shapes or scent, color etc, are added in forest floor to encourage children to have rich experience in the forest. In construction phase, forest floor vegetation in some area for main building was carefully moved out and preserve local natural resources. These returned vegetation to the forest can play role of grow up next generation of the forest. Nowadays, so many birds and insects come back to the forest and sing a song in the forest for children.
SEVERAL TRIGAR TO ATTRACT THE FOREST
We set several path to guide you to enter the forest. Main path with concrete bricks are placed in the center of the forest from south to north between existing trees with highly careful layout to prevent any damage for roots of existing trees. The main path has enough width and gentle slope for wheel chair users. Impressive white steel handrail is set in area which is difficult to spare space for the pavements. The handrail is freely curved as swimming in the forest and displays moving shadow of existing trees. For another small path, steel mirror stepping stones guide to deeper place in the forest and reflect light through canopy of trees.
”Bloom no kaze” -Garden of the group home and medical support center for local disable children-
Project category : RESIDENTIAL HOUSING
Role of the entrant in the project: Landscape architect
Other designers involved in the design of landscape : Matsudo landscape, ONO lab. , Nagoya City University
Project location: 1817, Nakahara, Kashiwa, Chiba, Japan
Design year: 2018
Year Built: 2019