Case Study Emilio Ambasz and Associates. 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. For centuries, Fukuoka has been a city open to the world at the crossroads of Asia. We believe that the large-scale facilities at ACROS will make it worthy of becoming a new center of exchange.
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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. 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. 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 by planting vegetation on the all the stepped planes, in effect mitigating the negative effect of the building footprint completely.
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ACROS Fukuoka Prefectural International Hall
The plan for Fukuoka fulfills both needs in one structure by creating an innovative agro-urban model. The site, owned by the city, is the last large undeveloped plot in central Fukuoka. The city chose to develop the site in joint venture with private enterprise. In the scheme, a commercial developer will lease the land for sixty years and construct a building. In deriving a proposal, the competing developers sought to maximize income potential. 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. Ambasz was awarded this commission for successfully achieving reconciliation between these two opposing desires: doubling the size of the park while providing the city of Fukuoka with a powerful symbolic structure at its center.