The best 50 modern architecture in Fukuoka

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ACROS Fukuoka

Reaching to the heavens from the park on its south side, this grand staircase is one of a kind. A pioneering work of green architecture, it offers citizens a piece of tranquillity in the heart of the city.

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Canal City Hakata

Just as the name suggests, the stores, offices and hotel that form this grand complex surround a waterfront space on the ground floor. Its plentiful curves and brilliant colours changed the face of Fukuoka.

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Fukuoka Art Museum

Covered with original tiling that subtly reflect various hues, this elegant architecture is peacefully nestled amongst the greenery. A key feature is the esplanade, a space to stroll through while gradually climbing the steps from the park.

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Bank of Fukuoka Head Office

This masterpiece of bank architecture offers a luxury public plaza in prime location in the heart of the city. A magnificent music hall stretches underground below the plaza

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Hakata Elementary School

A wide array of buildings including elementary and nursery schools, and a community center, are arranged in a multi-storey design in this limited space. The result is integrated with its surroundings, a realisation of the concept of a "neighbourhood school that creates the neighbourhood".

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Island City Central Park

Constructed on an artificial island, the park's central facility is Grin-Grin, a symbiotic space of greenery and architecture made from concrete undulating in all directions like a giant ribbon. The follies dotting the park are also a highlight.

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Nexus World

Unique housing complexes designed by world-renowned master architects such as Rem Koolhaas and Steven Holl.

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Nishi-Nippon City Bank Head Office

A bank building created under the client's request for a 'sculpture of the city'. The orange Indian Sandstone that covers the building has made it a symbol of the Hakata area.

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Ohori Park Noh Theatre

The work of a master architect who also designed the National Noh Theatre in Tokyo. The layout is an arrangement of 5 squares of varying sizes overlapping without alignment, creating a space with a sense of depth between the entrance, lobby and gallery.

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Tenjin-Minami Subway Station

Appearing in the central city area, this subway entrance has an overwhelming form and sense of transparency. The sight is also impressive at night.

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Fukuoka City Red Brick Cultural Center

A historic symbol of Fukuoka familiar to many as 'Akarenga' (red brick) and created by the father of Modern architecture in Japan, Tatsuno Kingo.

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Fukuoka Prefectural Museum of Art (former Fukuoka Prefectural Culture Center)

Unusual in Japan, the tower-like structure is considered a symbol of Fukuoka culture. The composition of the powerful walls and tower makes for an impressive structure.

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Fukuoka Tower

This symbolic tower changed the Fukuoka skyline. Displaying the latest lighting designs, the night view is also one of the city's famous sights.

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Fukuoka University 60th Anniversary Memorial Hall (Helios Plaza)

University facility providing students with various places to congregate, with a sense of transparency and purity created by use of white space.

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Hilton Fukuoka Sea Hawk

This symbolic waterfront hotel was designed in unity with the sea, with its atrium opening onto the coast. Bathrooms have open view to the ocean.

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Hotel Il Palazzo

Designed by the late Italian master, Aldo Rossi. The original interior, which has since been refurbished, was created by well-known designers from Japan and abroad. The exterior retains its original condition.

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Former Fukuoka Prefecture Public Hall Distinguished Guest House

A rare Meiji-era western style wooden building open to the public. Also includes a café on the ground floor.

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Kyushu National Museum

The undulating roof and greenery reflected by its grand glass exterior make the building a part of the surrounding mountains. A quake-resistant structural design is used to ensure the safety of the exhibits.

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Kyushu University Hakozaki Campus

A group of buildings with over 100 years of history dating back to the former Imperial University, including the brick-clad administration building, the regal Department of Engineering building, and the powerful exposed concrete form of the 50th Anniversary Memorial Hall.

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Tenjin Building

This office building has been a familiar symbol of Tenjin for many years. The exterior Arita porcelain tiles and the rounded stainless-steel window frames are still in their original form.

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247

A commercial building resembling a merchant's house on a multi-storey scale, including an open terrace, void and alleyway. Solution to a long and narrow plot of land in densely-packed area.

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Fukuoka Yahuoku! Dome

With a retractable three-plate titanium roof, the dome is designed for all weather conditions. Along with the adjacent hotel, this building forms part of the classic Fukuoka skyline.

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il cassetto

The bold stairwell open to the outside creates room for future expansion. It also serves as ventilation to the narrow streets behind.

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JR Hakata City

The multi-purpose gateway to Hakata is a mix of public space, train station and shopping facilities, including a station square for various events and a roof garden.

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Kawasho

Fukuoka's famous sushi shop, designed by an architect aiming to fuse Japanese architecture and modernism. Easily identified by two types of louvre, concrete and wooden.

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Kubota Clinic

Always refreshingly surprising, its beautiful form resembles a space ship descended to Earth. Being so well maintained, it's hard to believe the building is 30 years old

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Not visible from the outside, a hidden opening brings light to the interior of this commercial building. This structure is one solution to high density urban space.

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Seinan Gakuin University, Seinan Community Center

Use of bricks in both the exterior and interior give this hall a fascinating character. Good use of skylights in the lobby illuminates the bricks and creates a bright, modern impression.

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Street of World Architects

Architects from Japan and abroad participated in constructing the unique housing complexes and other buildings lining this street.

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Yamanaka

With its novel architecture, including exposed concrete walls, glass curtain and heavy iron door, it's hard to believe this is a sushi shop. Inside, the high ceiling and lighting above the counter are also a feature.

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Denki Building Kyosokan

A new office building in place of the well-known Denki Hall. The lower floors are arranged as a space to create and develop the next generation of businessmen and diverse culture aspects, with a plaza, hall and conference facilities.

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Goto Sweets Shop

The uniquely-textured black exterior wall and the Japanese confectioner's tasteful design fit pleasantly with the surroundings.

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Hyatt Regency Fukuoka

Postmodern architecture with characteristic exterior and interior featuring two circular open colonnades of different sizes.

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Nakamura Gakuen Girls’ Junior & Senior High School

The exterior louvre, which carries a sense of musical rhythm, and elegant curved design symbolizes the refinement and sophistication of this traditional girls' school.

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Kyushu University Ohashi Campus

The cohesion between overall campus design and individual buildings brings a sense of unity to this university.

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Ohori Junior and Senior High School

The concept is a grand gate from Fukuoka to the world. It forms an impressive sight alongside the art museum and martial arts stadium of Ohori Park.

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Omula Beauty College

Befitting a beauty school, the unique O-shaped façade resembles the shape of a face.

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Renovation Museum Reizensou

A reinforced concrete apartment building dating back over 50 years, refurbished into offices and shops. Pioneer in the Fukuoka building stock reuse project.

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Tenjin MENT Building

The ribbon running throughout the exterior is illuminated at night in this impressive façade design.

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The Luigans (Uminonakamichi Hotel)

With an elevated center and the sides descending to the left and right as if to embrace the sea, this hotel resembles a white bird landing on the shore.

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ASO SKY CUBE

A bold, impressive multi-storey building, resembling a stack of building blocks.

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Carre Spiral

A housing complex that includes 4 open vertical wells twisting through the interior to bring light and breeze deep into the building.

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Higashi-Hie Business Center

An office building with an exterior resembling a fabric woven of stone, tile and glass. The open space and lobby facing out onto the intersection added a new attraction to the area.

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Island Tower Sky Club

Built upon the artificial island constructed in Hakata Bay, the 3 linked towers form a dynamic super high-rise apartment complex.

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Ikkozan Koenji

A tranquil temple building with Modern design standing amidst a dense urban center.

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LKB

The building's impressively unique façade is covered completely by beautifully connecting opaque glass.

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Calcia Odo Natura

A rich greenery of over 4,000 trees was planted within this 34 home low-rise, low-density complex. The connecting garden walkways show the way to enjoy living together.

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Satsuki Kindergarten

Buildings filled with the aroma of trees. The structure's grid of wooden lattice beams softly render the children's living space.

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Teriha Elementary & Junior High School

Fukuoka City's first joint elementary and junior high school. The feature is a common space joining the two.

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Terzetto

A housing complex that changed the image of the harbour district. Full of features that allow residents to get the most out of its bayside location.