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Sachio Otani


"Classic Japan" Episode 2: Sachio Otani's Kyoto International Conference Center

00:00 - 9 February, 2015

The second episode in "Classic Japan" features the 1966 Kyoto International Conference Center by Sachio Otani. The site of the signing of the Kyoto Protocol in 1997, Otani's waterfront conference center unfurls onto nearby Lake Takaragaike via a series of concrete pathways that offset the centre's Brutalist weight. Filmed and edited by Vincent Hecht, a French architect and film maker currently living in Tokyo, the series focuses on Japanese architecture from the 1950s to the 80s.

Before working on the conference center, Otani had previously worked in the office of Kenzo Tange, whose Yoyogi National Gymnasium was featured in the first episode of the "Classic Japan" series.

AD Classics: The Kyoto International Conference Center / Sachio Otani

01:00 - 18 July, 2013
AD Classics: The Kyoto International Conference Center / Sachio Otani, Photo by Christopher via Used under <a href=''>Creative Commons</a>
Photo by Christopher via Used under Creative Commons

The International conference center in Kyoto is a geometric megastructure of exposed, reinforced concrete designed by Japanese architect Sachio Otani in 1963. Although relatively unknown, the Center is a unique, Modern masterpiece that re-interprets traditional Japanese architecture and asserts itself powerfully into its peaceful, natural surroundings.

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The main conference hall, via Photo by satti07 via Used under <a href=''>Creative Commons</a> Photo by Gili Merin Photo by Gili Merin + 11