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Kyoritsu Auditorium (Renewed)

School and University / Auditorium|Sep. 26, 2018

  • Kyoritsu Auditorium (Renewed)
  • Kyoritsu Auditorium (Renewed)
  • Kyoritsu Auditorium (Renewed)
  • Kyoritsu Auditorium (Renewed)
  • Kyoritsu Auditorium (Renewed)
  • Kyoritsu Auditorium (Renewed)
  • Kyoritsu Auditorium (Renewed)
  • Kyoritsu Auditorium (Renewed)
  • Kyoritsu Auditorium (Renewed)
  • Kyoritsu Auditorium (Renewed)

Construction of the Kyoritsu Auditorium finished in 1938. The outer appearance was rectangular with corner pillars and a gothic architectural style, and was designed with a gabled roof. At the time, it received a large amount of attention in Japan at the time for its modern design. The auditorium wasn’t used solely for school ceremonies and functions, it was also rented out for general use, and today the Kyoritsu Auditorium is still known as a temple of culture.

New Audience Seating Installed with the 2017 Renovation

The Kyoritsu Auditorium has 1,769 seats. Previously there were 2,000 seats, but the number was reduced to allow for the installation of seats which would be more comfortable, and fit better to the shape of modern Japanese people. When selecting a seating solution, the board chairman sat in the different models, and evaluated their comfort, and the height of the seat. The space is mainly used as an auditorium for girls in university, so the design was carefully analyzed before manufacturing, and the seats were tilted ever so slightly forward to ensure that their feet would be firmly on the ground.

Feminine colors were also chosen for the seating as a whole. The waffle fabric covering the cushioning is has pink and black threads, and is tinged with purple. This woven fabric gives the surface texture and gloss. Depending on the way light hits the fabric, different colors emerge, and this complex and daintily beautiful textile lends charm to the whole space.

Project summary

Location
Chiyoda Ward,Tokyo 
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Client
Kyoritsu Women’s Educational Institution
Design
KAJIMA CORPORATION
Renewed
Mar, 2017
Seats
1,769

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