Sea Hawk Hotel and Resort+ expand detail
Fukuoka City, Japan
1.5 million square feet / 140,000 square meters
The Sea Hawk Hotel & Resort, on Hakata Bay in the City of Fukuoka, responds to the special conditions of the site, neighboring structures, and the program while reflecting the role of hotels in Japan.
The design is a composition of sculptural forms on the Bay marking the water’s edge as seen from the city — a beacon from the water. The composition of fractured curved forms complements profiles of the monumental roofs of the neighboring 40,000-seat baseball stadium. The plan functions efficiently as a modified slab, enabling all 1,052 guest rooms to have a water view.
The exterior walls include richly textured tile surfaces, each with a color and pattern scheme appropriate to its use and character. Patterns and curves de-emphasize the perception of weight and strengthen the sense of motion toward wind and water.
At street level, the design responds to the multiple roles of a large hotel in the life of a city in Japan. Extensive wedding facilities, multiple restaurants, bars, health club, shopping concourse, meeting and banquet rooms all operate as destinations of their own, dependent on a broader audience than hotel guests.
The lobby is an elegant and calm entry for guests, in purposeful contrast with the high-ceilinged, luminous and active space of the glass atrium. The atrium contains fountains and trees, making it an inviting and comfortable for private conversation or public festivals. Several objects serve as sculptural forms within the Atrium, culminating in a “treehouse” or elevated platform that guests can climb to see back into the atrium space and out to the views beyond. Garden terraces, each with its own character and function, extend the sequences of spaces from inside to outside and direct views back to the water.