A Park Along a Hillside and Organic Architecture

Yamanashi Fuefukigawa Fruit Park

The Yamanashi Prefecture is surrounded by mountains on all sides, and due to the abundance of fresh clean water, boasts the highest produce of grapes, peaches, and plums in Japan. This park established along a hillside is based on the theme of fruits, with three dome-shaped buildings standing within the very center of its grounds. Arranged in a decentralized manner, these buildings each serve a different function and take on forms that are reminiscent of seeds and plants. Instead of using a bolt joining method, the steel-frame structure is assembled through means of welding on site. As a result of this technique, the buildings embody a sense of continuity and smoothness as seen in natural plants.

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  • Yamanashi Fuefukigawa Fruit Park

    Yamanashi, Yamanashi Prefecture

    Kengo Kuma and Itsuko Hasegawa

    1995

    http://fuefukigawafp.co.jp/

    Photo credit: Itsuko Hasegawa

  • Yamanashi Fuefukigawa Fruit Park

    Yamanashi, Yamanashi Prefecture

    Kengo Kuma and Itsuko Hasegawa

    1995

    http://fuefukigawafp.co.jp/

    Photo credit: Itsuko Hasegawa