Suntory Hall

Minato-ku, Tokyo
Suntory Hall

The concert hall with the world’s most beautiful reverberation

Suntory Hall, which opened in October 1986 in pursuit of “the world’s most beautiful reverberation,” was the first hall built in Japan in the vineyard style, based on the advice of the conductor, the late Herbert von Karajan. He said that “Music is made when the performers and the public come together and enjoy it with shared delight.” Since then, Suntory Hall has been making history and generating value as a specialist hall for classical music.
Suntory Hall has been supported for over 30 years after its opening by a regular meeting of the architectural and building services designers, acoustic designers, operators, managers, and builders. That activity goes beyond maintenance and continuation, in a cycle of actions that generate an upward spiral of value and lead to constant growth. The facility operation work by these participants has contributed to musical culture over many years, and in 2019 it was recognized with the Architectural Institute of Japan Award (Achievement) and the BELCA Award.

In 2020, we have provided appropriate advice for COVID-19 countermeasure planning from an architectural point of view.
And in 2021, “The Story of Suntory Hall ~ In Pursuit of the World’s Most Beautiful Sound,” was published on the occasion of the 100th anniversary of the birth of Shoichi Sano (1921-2014), who led the design of Suntry Hall.

Category
Cultural Facilities
Renovation
Solutions
Passing Value to the Next Generation
Providing Safe and Secure Buildings
Living with COVID-19
Awards
AIJ Prize 2019 (Practical Achievement Division)
The 28th BELCA Award
2017 Good Lighting Award
JIA Twenty-Five Year Award 2012
The 5th Design Award for Light and Lighting
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Work data

Client
Suntory Holdings Ltd.
Location
Minato-ku, Tokyo
Structure
Steel reinforced concrete structure
Number of floors
2 above-ground levels, 4 basement levels
Total Floor Area
about 12,500m²
Completion
March 1986, August 2007 (20th renovation), August 2017 (30th renovation)
Building Use
Hall
Notes
Design (architectural, building services): Yasui Architects and Engineers, Inc.
Design (structure): Irie Miyake Architects and Engineers
Design (acoustics): Nagata Acoustics
Photo Credit
Naoomi Kurozumi
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