The monument serving as the symbol of the project will be produced by pottery craftsman June Isesaki and stone sculptor Masatoshi Izumi. The sculptor created by listening to echoes of earth and putting for an uncompromising commitment will undoubtedly become the shared heritage of those who reside here. The property will also feature common areas employing a large number of stones designed by Masaaki Nanbu, and beautiful landscaping for all seasons by Yoshiki Toda. These four masters will bring about an evolution of the district. This is to create a residence that is otherworldly in every respect.
1936: Born in Imbe, Bizen in Okayama Prefecture as the second son of potter Yozan Isesaki. Learned pottery from a young age.1959: After graduating from the special art department of Okayama University, he pursued a career in pottery. 1981: Won the Toyo Kaneshige Award / 1996: Won Sanyo Shimbun Award 2002: Produced mural wall for the new Prime Minister’s Official Residence. 2004: Fifth person designated as the keeper of important intangible cultural heritage of bizen pottery (living national treasure).
Izumi was born in 1938 in Mure, Kagawa Prefecture to a stone sculptor family. In 1953 he began working with stone and established a stone atelier in 1964. In the same year, Izumi met the legend of contemporary art Isamu Noguchi, and over the next 25 years assisted in the creation of sculptures. Even after Noguchi’s death, sculptures for the New National Theater, Tokyo and Kyoto State Guest House were created. In 2007, Izumi’s own work, titled “Inertia / Exertion” was created for the outside area of Taiwan’s National Palace Museum, and in 2011 his work “Toritachi” became part of the permanent collection of the Art Institute of Chicago.
Through interior design proposals devised based on the perspectives of residents and life scenarios, Nambu’s business has turned into a professional design company that has produce a number of urban-oriented living spaces. Nambu’s extensive track record includes CROSS AIR TOWER (Tokyu Corporation / Tokyu Land Corporation, others) and BRANZ THE HOUSE ICHIBANCHO (Tokyu Land Corporation).
Toda graduated from the Faculty of Landscape, Tokyo University of Agriculture in 1970. After training as a gardener in Tokyo and Kyoto, he worked at Urban Design Consultant (headed by Kisho Kurokawa), and then established his own firm Yoshiki Toda Landscape Design Office in 1980, later renamed Yoshiki Toda Landscape and Architect Co., Ltd.