Gallery: ACROS: A Giant Japanese Pyramid Blanketed in Green Grass

A look at the lush terraces from above.

ACROS is a surprising building in more ways than one. If you were approaching the building from one side, all you would see is a typical, glass-walled office building. When Emilio Ambasz & Associates designed the building, there were tasked with maintaining the adjacent park, which happened to be the only remaining green space left in the whole city. We think they did a brilliant job of integrating the stepped green roof into the park – it almost appears as if the grass from the roof is spilling right into the grassy knoll with no interruption of flow.

The exterior of the building is certainly impressive but the space inside is well thought out as well. More than one million square feet of space lies under the 14 one-story high terraces, and is more than enough room for the exhibition hall, museum, theater, conference facilities, government and private offices, parking lot and retail spaces.

+ Emilio Ambasz & Associates


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  1. David Kowalski February 17, 2015 at 6:43 am

    Can we please have an alien versus predator tournament at the location?

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  3. gillyleach July 23, 2010 at 7:12 am

    It would be great to have a plant list and some idea of the medium in which they are grown. Any more info available on the planting and as to the architect’s collaboration with a landscape architect on this wonderful creation?

  4. davidwayneosedach July 22, 2010 at 8:32 pm

    How tranquil looking! I love this design.

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