NARITA AIRPORT TERMINAL 1, Narita, Japan
The upgrading of the international terminal at Narita included the addition of a contemporary Japanese landscape as a subtle symbolic gesture of the country’s garden tradition as well as a gateway to travelers departing from and arriving to the airport.
Glass partitions evocative of the Yukimi Shoji screens form a backdrop to a garden composed of natural stones, gravel and grasses, and planted with cherry trees and Japanese Maples that symbolize the Japanese seasons.
Other plant materials common to traditional gardens are used in contemporary patterns complementing the sleek glass and metallic structure of the terminal building. The new landscape is also viewable from within the terminal, comprising a foreground for vistas of the runway and of the planes.