dan pearson studio: tokachi millenium forest
 
dan pearson studio: tokachi millenium forest dan pearson studio: tokachi millenium forest
apr 01, 2012

dan pearson studio: tokachi millenium forest

‘tokachi millenium forest’ by dan pearson studio, hokkaido, japan image © syogo oizumi/tokachi millennium forest/midori shintani all images courtesy of dan pearson studio

london-based landscape architecture practice dan pearson studio in collaboration with japanese landscape designer fumiaki takano have collaborated on the tokachi millenium forest, a bosco garden on the northern island of hokkaido, japan. the project’s current progress was presented by pearson at this year’s design indaba conference in south africa, a design event which brings together visionary minds from around the world to share their global contributions and successful methodologies.

serving to offset the carbon footprint of the client’s newspaper business, the 240 hectare masterplan is the beginning of a sustainable vision for the next thousand years which will regenerate and foster habitats which have been lost in the region. an element of the program includes educating park visitors to take ownership and tend for the grounds to contribute positively to its future. this will also return to the people as the country becomes more urbanized, separating nature from the majority of the population.

mountain stream crossing through the forest

image © syogo oizumi/tokachi millennium forest/midori shintani

positioned at the base of the foothills, the mountainous terrain channels water through the land. despite the existence of natural vegetation, the premier woods have been deforested and the current growth are a regeneration of magnolia, oak and white birch trees. the dominant understory of sasa, an invasive bamboo, has been cut back over time to allow the original seedlings within the soil to emerge, restoring the native small scale fauna.

seedlings from the original vegetation begin to emerge as the invasive bamboo has been succesfully eliminated

image © syogo oizumi/tokachi millennium forest/midori shintani

raised walkways make the forest accessible to visitors

image © syogo oizumi/tokachi millennium forest/midori shintani

cluster of flowers within the transition from the forest to the meadow garden

image © syogo oizumi/tokachi millennium forest/midori shintani

fauna within the transition from the forest to the meadow garden

image © syogo oizumi/tokachi millennium forest/midori shintani

mountains border the masterplan

image © syogo oizumi/tokachi millennium forest/midori shintani

mass planted ornamental shrubs and 35,000 perennials within the meadow garden image © syogo oizumi/tokachi millennium forest/midori shintani

raised planters feature ornamental plants

image © syogo oizumi/tokachi millennium forest/midori shintani

visitors are encouraged to take ownership of the park and tend to the plantings

image © syogo oizumi/tokachi millennium forest/midori shintani

the meadow garden during autumn

image © syogo oizumi/tokachi millennium forest/midori shintani

clusters of black-eyes susans and grasses

image © syogo oizumi/tokachi millennium forest/midori shintani

autumn color palette welcomes visitors as they approach the goat farm

image © syogo oizumi/tokachi millennium forest/midori shintani

earth garden during a light winter snow

image © syogo oizumi/tokachi millennium forest/midori shintani

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