Waterscape / Memory of Spring
The renovation project aimed to transform a botanical garden into a museum/a multi-purpose space. We built at the centre of the space an octagonal amphitheatre with a transparent resin floor to form a spring filled with the profound serenity and mystery surrounding water, while acknowledging the memory of the natural spring that would well up in this place around the roots of a banyan tree (emblematic of the botanical garden), as well as the waters of Lake Ashi, Hakone’s main sightseeing spot.
Statement of the jury
The lively play of colours, with their ever-changing effects, is truly intriguing. A uniquely beautiful installation that is both poetic and daring.