The characteristics of the gardens at the Imperial Hotel, designed by Frank Lloyd Wright

The characteristics of the gardens at the Imperial Hotel, designed by Frank Lloyd Wright
発表者/presenter’s name:〇Momoko Takeda 1, Wataru Fukui 1
所属/Affiliation:1 Kyoto Prefectural University

The building known as the “Wright’s hotel”, which was designed by American architect Frank Lloyd Wright, was constructed in 1923 (Taisho 12) as the second main building of the Imperial Hotel in Japan. The gardens at the “Wright’s hotel”, which were designed by Frank Lloyd Wright, consist of five sections: the front garden, the sunk garden, the central garden, the rooftop garden, and the indoor garden. Much like the architectural design, these gardens prominently feature Japanese elements. Similar to the architectural design, these gardens exhibit various Japanese elements. For instance, in the central garden, one can find a “Tourou”(stone lanterns), a “Isigumi”(stone arrangements), and a pond, but there is also a lush lawn that creates an open and inviting atmosphere typical of modern gardens. The unique aspect of this garden lies in the seamless integration of architecture and garden spaces. It includes features like “dry” wall fountains and “empty” flowerpots as part of the indoor garden, enhancing the overall design concept. It is also worth noting that MIYAJIMA Shinkichi, who served as the head of the Imperial Hotel’s horticultural department, was involved in the design and maintenance of both the rooftop garden and the indoor garden. This further underscores the importance of the garden as an integral component of the hotel’s overall architectural and aesthetic experience.

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