Sage and Coombe Architects
The remarkable contribution of MNLA's restoration of the Noguchi Museum garden is the iconic interplay of stone sculpture and mature plants. Though visually unchanged, the garden's appearance belies the extensive construction that includes complete replacement of the perimeter vine-clad wall as well as new uplighting and a complete irrigation system. The extant plants were selected by Isamu Noguchi, and their protection is of paramount importance to the museum. To ensure this heritage, MNLA made provisions for bamboo to restore the garden with this original plant species after construction.
The ivy on the new walls surrounding the sculpture garden was re-grown from the original ivy planted by Isamu Noguchi.
The Noguchi Museum was founded and designed by internationally renowned Japanese-American artist Isamu Noguchi (1904–1988) for the display of representative examples of his work.