|Waterfront Development for a Multimedia
Seaside Momochi is the popular name for the former exhibition grounds of the "Asia-Pacific Exposition" held in Fukuoka City in 1989. It is a waterfront development area of reclaimed land similar to Tokyo Waterfront Subcenter and other such developments. It created one of Japan's largest man-made beaches and beach-side parks and includes numerous new buildings based on innovative design concepts centering around the 234-meter (768-foot) Fukuoka Tower, which was constructed as a monument for the exposition.
The development concept reflected Fukuoka City's policy to strengthen its information communication capabilities by creating cultural facilities for the dissemination of knowledge and information such as libraries and museums. Also, within the Fukuoka Software Research Park, which is the nucleus of the development district, software R&D divisions of Japanese and foreign major computer manufacturers as well as information technology-oriented companies set up offices with the objective of establishing a base for information communications with the Asia-Pacific region.
Other facilities include the Fukuoka Dome (a 52,000-seat, all-weather sporting and event facility), and Sea Hawk (an urban resort hotel), all of which are facilities that offer semi-futuristic urban functions. The residential area consists of condominiums whose designs were selected by a competition involving some of the world's leading architects.
In the Seaside Momochi district, optical fiber cables necessary for the transmission of massive data in the future have been installed underground providing residences and information technology-oriented businesses alike with the potential to access round-the-clock multimedia services.
Photos: (From top) The coastline of Seaside Momochi (Ministry of Foreign Affairs); Fukuoka Tower (Fukuoka Prefecture).
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