Hoshigaoka Terrace

Nagoya, Japan
January 1st 2003

Despite the presence of large department stores, Nagoya’s Hoshigaoka Terrace was never seen as a retail destination. At its center, a sloping site and major thoroughfare proved daunting topography. Gensler overcame the site challenges, creating the heart of a new regional retail district where the community gathers to watch theater, walk outdoor gardens, dine and shop. Designers treated the roadway like a river, carving out the hillside bank to form the radial Four Seasons Plaza. Located at the base of the upper-level outdoor terrace, the plaza serves as the centerpiece of the complex, activating the street edge as a place to promenade and gather.

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