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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Fukuoka, Japan Building Type: Single Source Internatinoal Size: The plan for Fukuoka fulfills both needs in one structure by creating an innovative agro-urban model. The south side of the Hall extends an existing park through its series of terraced gardens that climb the full height of the building. Along the edge of the park, the building steps up, floor-by-floor, in a stratification of low, landscaped terraces.
Each terrace floor contains an array of gardens for meditation, relaxation, and escape from the congestion of the city, while the top terrace becomes a grand belvedere, providing an incomparable view of the bay of Fukuoka and the surrounding mountains. Nihon Sekkei Landscape Architect: Nihon Sekkei Takenaka Corporation Engineer: Plantago Corporation System Manufacturer: The city-owned site was the last large undeveloped plot in central Fukuoka.
– Connecting The Planet and Living Architecture
The city chose to develop the site in joint venture with private enterprise and the plan was for a commercial developer to lease the land for sixty years and construct the building. At the same time, the competing developers sought to maximize income potential of the large land mass. Yet the architect was concerned about the effect of the development on adjacent meters by meters Tenjin Central Park, the only green open-space left in that part of the city.
The Google Aerial view below really puts the massive scale of the greening project into perspective:. Below is the more formal, glass-fronted street-facing facade directed at the financial district area:.
Emilio Ambasz, a highly accoladed early pioneer in the field of green architecture, achieved this prefecutral planting vegetation on the internatjonal the stepped planes, in effect mitigating the negative effect of the building footprint completely.
I had the pleasure of meeting the indomitable and sarcastically witty Emilio in Singapore last November, and in his keynote address at the Skyrise Greenery Conference he explained that he has never set out to design a greenwall on a structure — they are all simply greenroofs, planted horizontally with cascading vegetation covering the vertical surfaces.
As you can imagine, its monumental knternational beauty is just one of its many beneficial features. 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:. The study found the following: That may have been an early sentiment, but 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.
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The Google Aerial view below really puts the massive scale of the greening project into perspective: Below is the more formal, glass-fronted street-facing facade directed at the financial district area: In Septemberthe Fukhoka 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: Yet sometimes the news of obvious charms is prefecturla coming to the rest of the world: Love the Earth, Plant a Roof!