Studio Crow-designed The Lively Hakata eyes July opening in Japan

Global Agents is scheduled to open The Lively Hakata in Fukuoka, Japan this July. Studio Crow was involved in the design of the property.

Replacing the Imperial Palace City Hotel, The Lively Hakata will have 224 rooms, along with two banquet halls that will be available for events.

The lobby bar will be designed as an open space. At the center of the main lobby will be the bar lounge/front desk, designed to encourage guest interaction. The ceiling separating the first and second floors was partially removed to create one grand open space.

The Lively Hakata hotel will have four different room types. Each unit will incorporate elements reminiscent of Fukuoka's most iconic symbol, the open-air food carts (called "Yatai") that border the riverside. Walls in the rooms will be reminiscent of the rooftops of these carts and the curtains will represent a blueprint traditionally drafted when designing them.

For dining, the property will have a 100-seat restaurant, The Lively Kitchen.

For events, the property will have the 150 square meter (1,615 square foot) "Cerulean" hall, and the "Indigo" hall.

The Lively Hakata hotel will be Global Agents' first location for this new series of lifestyle hotels. The company already has plans to open three more locations this year in Osaka, Kawasaki and Tokyo.

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