pond surrounded by trees with residence in background

Obihiro, Japan Residence

A collaboration with architect Robert Oshatz at the site of a natural underground spring.

Obihiro, Japan
Approx. 36,000 square feet
2016 – 2017
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To complement the organic modernist architectural style of this remarkable residence on the island of Hokkaido, Japan, Kurisu collaborated closely with Portland, Oregon-based architect, Robert Oshatz to create a landscape as organic and innovative as the buildings themselves.

pavilion with orange roof and rock wall

The site of a natural underground spring, this project was inspired by the concept of water and metaphors of purity, vitality and renewal.

gravel driveway through trees and lawn
This landscape design included multiple features: a natural maple forest and moss garden, driveway approach and central pond feature with fountain, naturalistic waterfalls, a woodland trail, fire pit and formal water features adjoining the latest architectural addition to the complex.
gravel rock lined path through trees
As the site was home to a number of rare wildflowers and native plant species, Kurisu took great care during excavation and construction to preserve biodiversity and delicate species.
view of pond, trees, and path from roof
view of trees from pavilion with stream
Blue image of lotus flower

Healing Gardens

Our Japanese-style healing gardens are designed with an intention for restoration on the deepest levels. We incorporate the ancient philosophies and techniques of Japanese garden design to reawaken the connection between people and nature – between ourselves and the larger, timeless cycles of change and regeneration.

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