Showing posts with label island city. Show all posts
Showing posts with label island city. Show all posts

Friday, August 26, 2011

Inside Grin Grin


Grin Grin, or Gurin Gurin, or Green Green is a park and greenhouse complex on Island City, a man-made island in Hakata Bay.


Its planned to be a city of the future, with residnetial, business, education, and leisure facilities.


When I was there a few years ago there was no-one else there other than me


It was designed by Toyo Ito, and while it was certainly pleasant enough I dont think it deserves all the accolades it has received.


A previous post on Grin Grin can be found here


Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Grin Grin Park


Sometimes written Gurin Gurin, Grin Grin Park opened in 2005 on Island City, the artificial island in Hakata bay.


A series of connected forms, organically shaped, seem to emerge from the ground.


The structures are concrete and steel covered in glass and in places vegetation.


The spaces inside and under the structures contain plants of the area.


Grin Grin was designed by Toyo Ito who is often referred to as a visionary architect. Much is made of Grin Grin's supposed "eco" qualities, but as it is on an artificial island whose construction destroyed bio-diverse wetlands, I find it hard to see.


walkways snake up and over the structures.

entrance into the greenhouses is only 100 yen.

It was a few years ago when I visited, and maybe the growth of the vegetation has improved its appearance....


Friday, July 8, 2011

Island Tower Sky Club


The Island Tower Sky Club is the tallest building in Fukuoka.


145 Meters tall with 42 floors it is an apartment building on island City, the man-made island in Hakata Bay.


It was designed by the Takenaka Corporation and opened in 2008


Friday, June 24, 2011

Seamark Building


The Seamark Building is located on Island City, a man-made island in Hakata Bay.


It houses various offices and a "Cyber University".


It was designed by architect Kojiro Kitagawa, who I have not come across before.


It opened in 2008.


Friday, June 10, 2011

Infini Garden


Infini garden is a 16 storey block of flats, or if you prefer american, apartment block, with 389 units.

In Japanese its called a Manshon, derived from the english word mansion, though it bears little resemblance to the english meaning.


Built in 2008, its located on Island City, a man-made island in Hakata Bay, Fukuoka.


Apartments are very popular in Japan, though I can think of nowhere worse to live.

I have asked friends who live in apartments in local towns where there are an abundance of big, empty, houses, why they dont choose a house, and most say that it is the wife who prefers the apartment as there is less housework and maintenance to do.


Island City is part of a big urban renewal project for Fukuoka. As well as residential areas and a huge park there is a new container port and businesses with links to mainland Asia are encouraged to move here.