E-JUST - Perspective


Nexus World Fukuoka Twin Dome City Project


Fukuoka, Japan


In kashiihama, the bed town of Fukuoka City, the populations rapidly increasing recently, this became the chief impetus for this housing project including 400 units of residences in reclaimed land with the area of 8 hectares. The many features of the master plan include: two skyscrapers in the central area of the site accommodating 200 units of housing which is half the total unit amount to arrange several mid-rise buildings around the towers to give form to the town blocks; in addition careful design of the surrounding landscape was carried out. Within this master plan, the surrounding seven mid-rise buildings are designed by: Oscar Tusquets, Christian de Portzamparc, Osamu Ishiyama, Mark Mack, Rem Koolhaus, Steven Hall, and Andrew MacNair. Concerning the landscape design, Martha Schuwartz was in charge for overall planning, while the pavilions designed by Zaha Hadid and Daniel Libeskind was moved here from the International Garden and Greenery Exposition in Osaka where two places were originally installed.
Arata Isozaki is the architect in charge of the central twin towers. Both are about 120 meters high; one tower is circular in plan, while the other is square in plan. Different from most other twin towers which try to achieve a symbolic quality by treating the individual building as a repetition of the same form as in the case of the World Trade Center, it is characteristic that the towers are designed as "a broken mirror", as it were, exhibiting slight differences section by section. The building is constituted by a tripartite structure; the middle section of typical floors contains the residential units, while the lower and upper sections function as sports and other public facilities. The public facilities at the top were linked by the bridge suspended 100 meters above the ground. The bridge comprises part of the three dimensional circulation networks with public elevators on the outside of the cylindrical tower.