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Moerenuma Park
Sea Fountain and Glass Pyramid
Sea Fountain and the Glass Pyramid from the top of Mt. Moere
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Image: September 13, 2018
Moerenuma-koen 1-1, Higashi-ku, Sapporo
Sapporo, Hokkaidō, Hokkaidō, Hokkaidō, Japan
Latitude: 41.129 N
Longitude: 141.424 E
stone, land fill, earth, aluminum, grass, steel, glass
189 hectares
Mt. Moere, the highest point in Moerenuma Park, provides a panoramic view of the rest of the park and suburban Sapporo. This view shows the Sea Fountain (midground, left) and the Glass Pyramid (midground, right). When the photo was taken, the Sea Fountain and several other features were closed due to recent damage from a typhoon.
Commentary: This 189 ha (467 acre) park located in the outskirts of Sapporo, Japan is located on a former brownfield site of a waste treatment plant. Designer Isamu Noguchi intended the park project on the site as one continuous sculpture rather than as a collection of disparate elements. Throughout the park, landscape interventions take the shape of geometric formations, employing various construction techniques and materials. The Play Mountain, with its grass and stone steps, recalls an ancient ziggurat or pyramid, while the metallic structure atop the Tetra Mountain has a distinctly more futuristic feel. Like traditional Japanese gardens, Noguchi’s park is designed to have different but equally compelling aesthetics during all four seasons, and simultaneously offers year-round activities for visitors. The park has multiple sport facilities alongside its more imaginative, abstract elements. The glass pyramid on the site contains a small museum and shop associated with the park. The park is part of a larger urban redevelopment plan created in 1982 called the “Circular Greenbelt Concept,” that aimed to ring Sapporo in a number of new green space. After Noguchi’s death in 188, the plan was carried out according to his master plan, supervised by Shoji Sadao of the Isamu Noguchi Fondation, Inc. and with design management from Architect 5 Partnership.
Contributor: Sarah Rovang
Information: “Moerenuma Park,” accessed February 2, 2019,
Photographer: Sarah Rovang
Sarah Rovang 2018
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