Project Highlights of the Dr. Kazuo Inamori Pavilion and Kitchen Buildings

The Japanese Friendship Garden is located in San Diego’s historic Balboa Park which was created in 1915 for the Panama-California Exposition and is registered in the U.S. National Register of Historic Places.  L
ocated within the existing Japanese Friendship Gardens, the new LEED Silver Certified Pavilion building, completed in time for Balboa Park's Centennial Celebration, is a giant step forward towards recreating the original 1915 Japanese Tea Pavilion in Balboa Park.  

The building is designed as an exhibition and event space accommodating 500 guests at one time.  
The architecture remained true to Japan with intricate detailing and the use of authentic materials:  Alaskan Yellow Cedar timber; copper shingles, gutters and rain chains; Ipe deck; clay roof tiles and Shoji screens from Japan, to name a few.  The harmonious relationship between the surrounding garden and the building is a vital component in Japanese architecture.  Great attention was given to the placement of the building in the site and creating connections to it.  One of them is the attached deck (engawa), which is used to enjoy the view of the streams, ponds, waterfalls and gardens.

Balboa Park has been in use for over a century and will continue to be used and enjoyed by the San Diego Community for many years to come. The building is a gift to the City of San Diego, its citizens and the Japanese Friendship Garden. It serves as a tribute to the cultural understanding and friendship between Japan and the United States.  The Japanese Friendship Garden Society honored Highland with the NIWA Award for demonstrating exemplary commitment to promoting excellence throughout the community.

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