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An Endless Path

Part 2 Project 2014
Pedro Sjøblom Tavares
Niklas Lenander
David Kennedy
Mercè Lorente Gras
Juliane Mari Myking Eide
Young Eun Choi
Oslo School of Architecture and Design Oslo Norway
Our proposal is an architectural vision- how to develop the existing Memu Meadows farm on Taiki-cho, Hokkaido into a sustainable ‘productive garden’. We propose to create a ‘productive centre’, an orchard, within the existing indoor horse track, where scientists and visitors can grow vegetables, fruits and flowers. All future building should be concentrated to the west, allowing the eastern part to be kept as an open landscape, to be discovered and enjoyed by visitors during all seasons in all its richness.

The architecture we propose is A PATH, connecting the ‘productive garden’ in the centre with the open area of the outdoor track, enlarging it into the wild river space and almost ENDLESS landscape of Hokkaido. At some places, we plan to plant some specific arrangements of seasonal vegetation. Furthermore we propose to install a basic kitchen in the existing track building. The idea is that visitors can pick fruits and vegetables in the garden, prepare a meal in the kitchen and then find a place along the path to eat and enjoy the scenery.

The path is detached from ground and partly covered with a roof. It invites people to experience the richness of the landscape with different sensations and places to discover, sit down and enjoy. It consists of a few simple, but precise constructions: an entrance screen, a gate into the open, a bigger covered space for contemplation, ceremonies and gatherings, a viewing platform into the river-wetlands and a gate at the end of the path.

The construction is a very basic structure, using a minimum of technology, intended to create a kind of timeless expression inspired by traditional vernacular and rural architecture. It is composed of standard wooden members with a section of 105x105mm and a length of 3.60m, which are joined in the most direct way to form a floor, columns, roofs and- create space.

In this space along the path people can find places where they can meet other people, places to buy local products, hold ceremonies, or places where one can simply be alone and watch the beauty of nature.

Pedro Sjøblom Tavares
Niklas Lenander
David Kennedy
Mercè Lorente Gras
Juliane Mari Myking Eide
Young Eun Choi

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