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About Tokyo Bunka Kaikan

as well as to commemorate the 500th anniversary of the city
Tokyo Bunka Kaikan opened in April 1961, in response to public request for a venue to enjoy opera and ballet in Tokyo, as well as to commemorate the 500th anniversary of the city, by the Tokyo Metropolitan Government.
Miraculous acoustics
Even today, they continue to offer fascinating opera, ballet and classical music concerts etc... by international artists. "Tokyo Bunka Kaikan" is known the world over for its "miraculous" acoustics.
music palace
The Main Hall seats 2,303 people and is used for opera, ballet, and large orchestras. The Recital Hall seats 649 people and houses chamber music performances and recitals. Tokyo Bunka Kaikan also has rehearsal rooms and various meeting rooms; furthermore, there is a music library. It was designed by Mr. Kunio Maekawa, who is now deceased. Tokyo Bunka Kaikan is often described by the public as a leading modernistic architecture, a "music palace."

Tokyo Bunka Kaikan Outline
  5-45, Ueno Koen, Taito-Ku, Tokyo Japan
  Main Building Exposed reinforced concrete  First Basement 4 stories below the ground
  New Rehearsal Building Exposed reinforced concrete  Second Basement First Basement
Dimensions Proportions

  Lot area Building area Total Floor area
Main Building   7,459m2 21,234m2
New Rehearsal; Building   86m2 1,334m2
Total Lot Area 10,370m2 7,545m2 22,568m2

Total Cost of Construction
    Main Building; 1,630,000,000 yen
    New Rehearsal Building; 960,000,000yen
Start of Construction
    Main Building: January; 1959
    New Rehearsal Building; May 1983
Completion of Construction
    Main Building; March 1961
    New Rehearsal Building; November 1984
Architectural Design Office
    Mayekawa Associates, Architects & Engineers
    Yokoyama Architects and Design Office
Acoustical Design
    Science & Technical Research Laboratories
Construction Manager
    Tokyo Metropolitan Memorial Cultural Hall, Architects Office
    Shimizu Corporation
Tokyo Bunka Kaikan Administration of Designee
    Tokyo Metropolitan Foundation for History and Culture Group
       Tokyo Metropolitan Foundation for History and Culture
       NHK ART INC.
       Suntory Publicity Service Limited.

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