Aix en Provence Conservatory of Music / Kengo Kuma and Associates

Aix en Provence Conservatory of Music / Kengo Kuma and Associates

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Aix-en-Provence, France
  • Architects: Kengo Kuma and Associates
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area: 1796.0
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year: 2013
  • Photographs photographs: Roland Halbe
  • Construction Team: Mathieu Faliu, Miruna Constantinescu
  • Structure: Cer3i
  • Mechanical & Electrical: Etb antonelli
  • Suantity Survey: JC Campion
  • Acoustics: Peutz and associates
  • Scenography: Changement a vue
  • Sustainability: Penicaud
  • Fire Protection: Vulcaneo
  • Façade Engineering : TESS
  • Client: Aix en Provence City Council
  • Budget: 15 797 000 euro
  • Site Area: 3 366 sqm
  • Total Floor Area: 7 395 sqm
  • Maximum Height : 23 m (5 stories maximum)
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© Roland Halbe
© Roland Halbe

Text description provided by the architects. The project is a complex of the music conservatory, its concert hall and various other facilities. 

© Roland Halbe
© Roland Halbe

There is a big difference in elevation within the site, and its neighboring land is also diverse. To solve such complexity, we chose aluminum as a single material for each façade, to be folded in part according to the face. 


By adding the work of “folding” to the thin aluminum panel, each façade is given subtle shading. The main element of the façade here, therefore, is light and shadow, instead of the aluminum. We were inspired for this idea by Paul Cézanne, the great artist from this region, and Japanese art of Origami.

© Roland Halbe
© Roland Halbe

Folding also became useful in protecting the opening from the sunlight, and controlling the range of view from the opening. We also received an interesting remark that this façade evokes a musical score, the protagonist of conservatory.  

Floor Plan
Floor Plan

Folding is also applied to the concert hall. An asymmetrical interior was generated as its result, and helped to make a resonance with colorful, free-spirited music by Darius Milhaud, again a composer of Aix-en-Provence whose name is crowned on the conservatory.

© Roland Halbe
© Roland Halbe

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Address: Aix-en-Provence, France

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Cite: "Aix en Provence Conservatory of Music / Kengo Kuma and Associates" 11 Jul 2014. ArchDaily. Accessed . <> ISSN 0719-8884
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