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Canal City Hakata

  • Fukuoka, Japan 1996
  • Site Area: 9 acres | Total Building Area: 240,000 sq m.

In the late 1980s, the city of Fukuoka was struggling with a massive influx of people, a dying shopping district, and no sense of community. Jerde responded with Canal City Hakata, the largest, privately developed project in Japan's history. Canal City Hakata used water and nature to establish a unique destination for the city. The project's mix of uses also created a commercial success. In the first year, more than 16 million people visited, sales exceeded $500 million, the cinema captured 55 percent of the city's box office sales, and the theater sold out every performance. Success carried outside too. The neighboring, historic shopping arcade reversed years of decline thanks to increased foot traffic. Cinema attendance city- wide rose 50 percent. And Fukuoka was dubbed AsiaWeek's "Best City in Asia" in 1997.

Clients: Fukuoka Jisho Co., Ltd, Fukuoka Japan Urban Design & Development Co., Ltd., Sumitomo Life Insurance
Design Architect: JERDE
Associate Architect: Fukuoka Jisho Co., Ltd., Urban Design and Development Co.
Landscape Architect: EDAW, Inc.
Environmental, Merchandise Designer: Clifford Selbert Design Collaborative
Water Features Designer: WET Design
Lighting Designer: Joe Kaplan Architectural Lighting
Art Consultant: Fine Arts Services, Inc.

Project Uses:
  • Open/Public Space
  • Entertainment
  • Retail
  • Dining
  • Hospitality
  • Office

Canal City Hakata

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Canal City Hakata


  • 1998Merit Award, Urban DesignAmerican Institute of Architects, California Council
  • 1997Fukuoka Urban Beautification AwardMayor of Fukuoka
  • 1997Gold Nugget Grand AwardPacific Coast Builders Conference/Western Building Show
  • 1997Merit Award, Urban DesignAmerican Institute of Architects, Los Angeles Chapter
  • 1996The Display Design AwardJapanese Society of Commercial Space Designers