ACROS Fukuoka – That’s What We Call a Green Roof

July 22, 2008 / 2 Comments

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Built on the last remaining green space in the city center, ACROS Fukuoka (Asian Crossroads Over the Sea) is an amazing building in Fukuoka City, Japan. It got our attention because it preserves the green space as much as possible, thanks to its stunning design.

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On one side it has glass walls and looks just like a conventional office building that looks onto the most important financial street of Fukuoka, while the other side is an enormous green roof (a garden roof) with some 35,000 plants that step down floor-by-floor, in a stratification of low, landscaped terraces into a park.

Argentinian architects Emilio Ambasz & Associates are those with the vision, the looks and actually the whole idea.

ACROS Fukuoka - the green roof building

ACROS Fukuoka - the green roof building

Reaching up to 60 meters above the ground, the green roof is responsible to keeping the whole building at lower and constant temperature levels, which will obviously lead to less power consumption.

ACROS Fukuoka

ACROS Fukuoka

Many people in the area visit the terrace roof (the gardens) for meditation, relaxation, or for escaping from the congestion of the city. Others are here just for the grand belvedere that provides an incomparable view of the bay of Fukuoka and the surrounding mountains.

ACROS Fukuoka - the green roof building

These are all great reasons to consider the ACROS Fukuoka a great green architectural success in Japan. Why can’t we see more of these buildings as a solution for a common urban problem? Anyone to call mr. Trump?