This hall was built in 1995 in Kyoto’s Kitayama district. It is a relatively newly developed part of town and has a several contempory buildings of note. Concert Hall is the city’s principal classical music venue and was designed by Arata Isozaki & Associates. Isozaki also designed M.O.C.A. in Los Angeles. The site contains three principal parts: main building, ensemble hall and foyer. Exterior materials include terracotta panels reminiscent of ceramic roof tiles. Isozaki chose an understated color palette of black and quiet silver, in keeping with the general color tone of Kyoto. The floor of the first floor lobby is imported Italian limestone which supports 12 non-functional columns symbolizing the Asian zodiac in a manner resembling an Escher drawing.
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