The building was designed for the international architectural competition "Tokyo Music Centre" / "Music Center in Tokyo" (Japan) for the best project of the performing arts center.
The new music center is designed for the Harajuku quarter, located in the established Shibuya district in the heart of Tokyo.
This music center is designed taking into account the latest urban trends, as a Center of contemporary art and culture, the main of which in this case is music that combines scenic, visual, decorative and applied arts, youth culture, fashion, architecture and design.
The music center will be located in an area known as the center of youth culture and fashion, where the most popular fashion shops, cafes and restaurants are located for both Japanese and foreign tourists.
In the immediate vicinity of the site of the Center there is a Shinta temple, which imposed strict requirements on the space-planning and coloristic solutions of the new building.
The project uses the latest trends in the field of creating a modern environment to ensure high quality of the process of conducting musical concerts and stage productions: a transformable stage tablet to accommodate the orchestra and choir and sliding walls and partitions of the stage as a means of creating a variable organization of the assembly hall – closed with three-sided seating for 2000 seats and VIP balconies for 43 seats, or open from the side of the stage to the temple park with seating for 2,200 spectators and VIP balconies for 43 seats surrounding the stage.
The symbolic basis of the plan of the music center building was the 1917 work of Kazimir Malevich in the suprematism style "White on White" (white square on a white background) as a visual embodiment of music – the illusion of movement, mental flight, "the affirmation of the sign of purity of human creative life."The spatial planning solutions of the building and its facades are dictated by the urban situation - in the center of the building there is a two–light assembly hall, the central axis of which is oriented to the pond in the park; the entrance group is organized from the southern corner of the building at the intersection of two streets forming the site – a large shopping with a wide carriageway and a narrow tourist pedestrian; the lobby is located along these streets and its multi-light space can be used as an exhibition hall opening onto the adjacent territory of the music center from the side of the tourist street; on the side of the pedestrian street there is an art cafe with tables in front of it in an open area in front of the music center; on the side of the shopping street there are entrances to the souvenir shop, which also has an entrance from the lobby area; the through spaces of the foyer of the assembly hall can be transformed into a concert venue, an exhibition or lecture hall, a disco hall; the entrance to the underground technical floor with a storage area and underground parking are organized at the place of the existing entrance to the site from the side of a wide shopping street, while the existing green spaces – trees and shrubs are preserved.
The building is a rectangular in plan single volume with dimensions in axes 53.0 x 54.4 m, 1-4 floors high, with a technical basement and underground Parking.
The structural scheme - frame-wall, with transverse and longitudinal load-bearing walls, allows you to use the principle of flexible open-plan. The height of the above–ground floors is 4.8 m; the multi–light lobby (exhibition hall) is 18.3 m; the assembly hall is 16.2 m. The height of the technical (warehouse) basement floor is 4.4 m. The height of the underground parking is 3.0 m. The maximum mark of the building is 18.75 m. The level of the clean floor of the first floor was adopted with a mark of 0.15 m from ground level in the central part of the building with a descent without steps from ground level.