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Grin Grin Park

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Toyo Ito
 
location Fukuoka
function greenhouse, leisure, park
contributed by Quentin_Seik

Sitting within Fukuoka's Hakata Bay is Island City, a manmade island built by national and local governments and private interests with container ports, a business hub, and a residential area. This last element includes "environmentally-friendly green parks," the main one being the island's central park, aka Grin Grin Park and designed by Toyo Ito. Ito's design is composed of three covered areas strung, like irregular pearls on a string, along the side of a pea-shaped lake. A complex series of walkways take people up, over, underneath, and into the three shells. Each shell is partially covered by glass roofs articulated in a scale-like manner; the rest is covered by vegetation. Portions of the domes cantilever to provide shade and shelter, while also signalling entries and making suitable seating areas. The interior spaces appear to meander in the same manner as the exterior pathways.

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Grin Grin Park
Address
Kashii-teruha, Higashi-ku 4
Japan
http://ic-park.jp
Project is public!
Opening hours Park: 7/24. Botanical garden: 9:00-17:00 h. Closed on every Tuesday and from 29.12 - 3.1. Entrance fee: 100 JPY(adult)
How to get there? Take bus (from Tenjin: 210 or 22N or 4-1 / from Hakata: 29-N or 29) and get off at "Island City Chuokoen-mae. It takes about 30 minutes and costs 420 JPY.
Completion 2005
Floor area/size 5033 m2
Architect, Landscape architectToyo Ito
structural engineerSSC Sasaki Structural Consultants
Client Fukoka City
 
Project ID 8631
Latitude/Longitude 33°39'52N 130°25'15E
Contributed by Quentin_Seik
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