Tokyo Music Hall

The historical use of the performance hall was to display ones social standing. The wealthy and prominent political figures were the ones who had the leisure time and resources to attend orchestra concerts and other performance acts. The importance of the performance hall to these people was to see people and to be seen yourself rubbing elbows with society’s elite.

Today though the performance hall is accessible to nearly everybody and has become a social construct that allows even the working person to enjoy the orchestra. This shift in audience opens up an exciting avenue in architectural experimentation. Instead of a privatized and exclusive program, the performance hall becomes a public space for gathering and sharing common interests.

The design path that was chosen was one
of opennes and light, even though the exterior shell is mainly masonry, the tones and slenderness of the individual members supports a feeling of lightness. These design features also take into account the location. The Japanese are known for their belief in balance and reverence to nature and of the spirit. Taking this into account the performance hall was given the smallest possible footprint that was still comfortable and left enough room for green space to start to bleed back into the site. This works well with the shrine directly to the west.


Design partner - Ari Sogin