Wednesday, June 16, 2010

京都駅 Kyōto-eki

Designed by Hiroshi Hara, this 15-story glass-plated monolith is Kyōto Station. Opened in 1997 to celebrate the anniversary of the foundation of the city as the former capital of Japan it updated and replaced the previous 1950's era concrete station; which was necessary to usher the nearly 50 million tourists Kyōto receives each year - most of them Japanese commuters and visitors on day-trips. It comprises a huge 60 meter tall atrium, measures 470 meters from east to west, with a total floor space of 238,000 square meters. The building includes a department store, the Granvia Hotel, a theater, exhibition space as well as numerous shops and restaurants.

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