Stunning Symbolism

Watanabe Memorial Hall

The Watanabe Memorial Hall is a music hall that was completed in 1937. It is located in center of a city with a population of about 170,000 people. Sukesaku Watanabe was a Japanese entrepreneur who had founded a company that represents the region, and after his death in 1934 the hall was built by an affiliated company and was donated to the city in his commemoration. The building was designed by Togo Murano. Seemingly drawing inspiration from Le Corbusier’s plans for the Palace of the Soviets (1932), its fan-shaped plane, three-layer curving structure, and six independent columns makes this building stunningly symbolic. Another predominant feature of this building is its appropriation of the findings of architectural acoustics that at the time had been considered state-of-the-art.

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  • Watanabe Memorial Hall

    Ube, Yamaguchi Prefecture

    Togo Murano

    1937

    http://wmh.ube-bunzai.jp/4

    Photo credit Masayori Yano

  • Watanabe Memorial Hall

    Ube, Yamaguchi Prefecture

    Togo Murano

    1937

    http://wmh.ube-bunzai.jp/4

    Photo courtesy of Ube City Culture Creative Foundation