Kyoto International Conference Center

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Kyoto International Conference Center
国立京都国際会館
Exterior of Kyoto International Conference Center
Kyoto International Conference Center
Kyoto International Conference Center is located in Kyoto city
Kyoto International Conference Center
Former names Kyoto International Conference Hall
Alternative names Kokuritsu Kyōto Kokusai Kaikan
General information
Status Complete
Type conference facility
Architectural style Modernist
Location Takaragaike, Sakyō-ku, Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture, Japan
Town or city Kyoto
Country Japan
Coordinates 35°03′40″N 135°46′58″E / 35.061234°N 135.78291°E / 35.061234; 135.78291Coordinates: 35°03′40″N 135°46′58″E / 35.061234°N 135.78291°E / 35.061234; 135.78291
Construction started 24 January 1964 (1964-01-24)
Completed 20 March 1966 (1966-03-20)
Opening 21 March 1966 (1966-03-21)
Renovated 1973, 1985, 1998
Grounds 156,000 m²
Design and construction
Architect Sachio Otani
Other designers Isamu Kenmochi
Website
ICC Kyoto

The Kyoto International Conference Center (国立京都国際会館 Kokuritsu Kyōto Kokusai Kaikan?), abbreviated as ICC Kyoto and previously called the Kyoto International Conference Hall, is a large conference facility located at Takaragaike, Sakyō-ku, Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture, Japan. The Kyoto Protocol was signed in this hall.

Annex Hall interior

The center was designed by architect Sachio Otani to an unusual hexagonal framework, resulting in few vertical walls or columns, and opened in 1966 with an addition in 1973.[1] Today the total facility provides 156,000 m²[1] of meeting space, and consists of the main Conference Hall with large meeting room (capacity 2,000) and a number of smaller rooms, an Annex Hall (capacity 1,500) and Event Hall, with the Grand Prince Hotel Kyoto nearby.[2] Both Main Hall and Annex Hall are equipped with simultaneous interpreting facilities for 12 languages.[3]

It is located north of Kyoto proper, and may be reached via the Karasuma Line subway.[4]

The complex is the location for the finale of John Frankenheimer's cult 1982 martial arts action film The Challenge, starring Scott Glenn and legendary Japanese star, Toshiro Mifune.

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References[edit]

  • R. Stephen Sennott, Encyclopedia of 20th-Century Architecture, Taylor & Francis, 2003, page 739. ISBN 1-57958-433-0.