Proof of Japan’s Postwar Return to the International Community

Kyoto International Conference Center

The Kyoto International Conference Center was completed in 1966 as proof of Japan’s return to the international community after World War II. Instead of relying on sloped roofs or other such expressions of tradition, the overall motif of the structure is based on a series of trapezoids and inverted trapezoids that have been derived from necessitated spatial functions. The design symbolizes an era when Japan seemed like a young country vigorously pursuing its future. The building’s configuration yielded continuous spatial volumes, both inside and out, and informal communication areas important for conferences.

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