ACROS Fukuoka Prefectural International Hall Download PDF. Click an image to view larger version. Figures. Height: Architectural, 60 m / ft. Floors Above. Among Emilio Ambasz’ recent projects, ACROS Fukuoka – Prefectural International Hall is a most powerful synthesis of urban and park forms. Its north face. Fukuoka, Japan, was in need of a new government office building and the only available site was a large two-block park that also happened to be the last.
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The city chose to develop the site in joint venture with private enterprise. Situated in the middle of Fukuoka City, Japan, ACROS Fukuoka Prefectural International Hall is a center of international, cultural and information exchange and underneath lies over one million square feet of multipurpose space.
The building gives back to the city the very land it would have taken away, and allows a major urban structure to exist symbiotically with the invaluable resource of open public space.
The south side of the Hall extends an existing park through its series of terraced gardens that climb the full height of the building, culminating at a magnificent belvedere that offers a breath-taking view of the city’s harbor. Fukuoka, Japan Building Type: A stepped series of reflecting pools upon the terraces are connected by upwardly spraying jets of water, to create a ladder-like climbing waterfall to mask the ambient noise of the city beyond.
Subscribe to Archello’s newsletter. The Rooftop Observation Deck is open from These overhanging eaves use the building design itself rather than an applied device to provide cover to pedestrians.
The study found the following: Single Source Provider Size: Emilio Ambasz, a highly accoladed early pioneer in the field of green architecture, achieved this by planting vegetation on the all the stepped planes, in effect mitigating the negative effect of the building footprint completely. A portion of the building’s space will be devoted to public and municipal operations; the remaining allowable space will be revenue-producing.
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In Septemberthe Takenaka Corporation, Kyushu University, and Nippon Institute of Technology jointly carried out a thermal environment measurement survey, proving that rooftop gardens are effective in alleviating the urban heat island phenomenon: In deriving a proposal, the competing developers sought to maximize income potential.
The south side of the Hall extends an existing park through its series of terraced gardens that climb the full height of the building. In the scheme, a commercial developer would lease the land for sixty years and construct a building.
The plan for Fukuoka fulfills both needs in one structure by creating an innovative agro-urban model. When first constructed, there were 76 varieties totaling 37, plants.
The city chose to develop the site in joint venture with private enterprise internatoinal the plan was for a commercial developer to lease the land hlal sixty years and construct the building.
The opposite side of the building faces onto the most important financial street of Fukuoka. This design has made the park and the building inseparable. That may have been an early sentiment, ;refectural for those of us in the sustainable design field, the ACROS has always been a stunning example of sensitive site planning and integration of nature into the built environment, and remains an iconic building of green, blending and blurring the distinction of vertical and horizontal planes.
This wedge shaped element also doubles as ventilation exhaust for the underground floors below and as a raised stage for performing artists. A large “stone” like wedge at the foot of the terraced park pierces a V-shaped entrance into the building, revealing rough-hewn stone suggestive of geologic strata underlying the surface vegetation and likening the building to a massive block cut from the earth. Nihon Sekkei Landscape Architect: The facade rakes outwardly from the vertical with each successively higher floor, creating the effect of an awning over the sidewalk.
A stepped series of reflecting pools upon the prefectura are connected by upwardly spraying jets of water, to create a ladder-like climbing waterfall to mask the ambient noise of the city beyond.
ACROS Fukuoka Prefectural International Hall
Its north face presents an elegant urban facade with a formal entrance appropriate to a building on the most prestigious street in Fukuoka’s financial district. On the other hand, the architect was concerned about the effect of the development on adjacent Tenjin Central Park—the only green open-space in that part of the city. The Google Aerial view below really puts the massive scale of the greening project into perspective: These pools lie directly above the central glass atrium within the building, bringing diffused light to the interior through clerestory glazing separating the pools.