Eco green building in Fukuoka

Josecrem found this fabulous building in Fukuoka. Inside the building there is a cultural center called Acros, and the main facade is full of greenery. By the way, the architect of this building is from Argentine and his name is Ambasz.

Pictures by Josecrem

There is even a waterfall:



What do you think about the idea? Would you live in a similar building?

From this website I extracted these images that caught my attention:

Can you imagine this picture if not only one but all the buildings in the city were covered by trees?




6 replies on “Eco green building in Fukuoka”

An awesome building to see in person.

I think I first encountered it in one of Ken Yeang’s books on bioclimatic sckyscrapers in the late 90s. After that I had a fun time getting it out of my head that it wasn’t one of his buildings.

By the time I got to see it in person (about five years ago), I had entirely forgotten about it. So I was a little surprised to turn a corner while trying to find my way from Hakata station to Tenjin station and there it was.

Green all the way down the south face and opening into a very nice and popular park. Perhaps the only problem I had with it was that the atrium is a little confusing to navigate and perhaps a little large for optimal energy efficiency.

Just south of it is Canal City Fukuoka (look it up in Google images). Not a green building, but certainly interesting, and like many malls in southern Japan, open air.

Overall, both Fukuoka City, and its nearby sister Kitakyushu, are interesting cities to explore from both the architectural and urban planning perspectives. Kitakyushu in particular still has its old shopping arcades around the train station. The arcades are now mostly under tall office buildings instead of old wooden roofs and anchored with McDonald’s instead of ramen stands, but still there.

One odd bit of trivia: ACROS is the name of the evil organization in the Excel Saga. It was named after this building. (Most of the rest of the characters are named after local hotels. Il Palazzo is a swanky, upscale love hotel also just a few blocks south of ACROS.)

I think it’s fabulous! The soil must provide awesome insulation to the building, the plants create a nice zone of fresh air, and it looks great!

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