Development vision of “Shinpuhkan” and longing for Kyoto

Newly established “Shinpuhkan” is a complex facility consisting of a hotel, stores and a theater which was developed by making use of a historical building. Originally, there stood the “former Kyoto Central Telephone Office” designed by Tetsuro Yoshida and completed in 1926 here and designated as the first registered cultural property by Kyoto city in 1983. It was born again as a commercial establishment “Shinpuhkan” in 2001 after terminating its role as a telephone office, and a redevelopment project started after its 15 years of operation. Then, it has been completed on March in 2020 and expected to be opened on Jun 11 in the same year.

Its concept is “Fusion of tradition and innovation”. Not just making use of a telephone office building of Taisho Period, it also succeeds history and culture of Kyoto in various ways including reproduction of garden rock arrangement in Muromachi Period which was excavated during the construction work and interior design based on application of traditional craftwork of Kyoto and passes them down to future generations.

Basic theme of the arrangement plan is improvement of convenience for roaming about the city. Equipped with a passage (public walkway with stores lined up) passing through east and west in the premises from Karasuma-dori to Higashinotoin-dori street, it also connects to Aneyakoji-tori street on the north side via courtyard between the existing building and newly built building. In addition, it is directly connected with a subway on the second floor in the basement contributing to construction of the regional pedestrian network.

With “Ace Hotel Kyoto” which has first set its foot on the Japanese soil as a core of the facility, consisting of passage and a commercial zone with 20 stores in total standing along the courtyard including a new business in addition to a theater “Uplink Kyoto” on the first basement level, “Shinpuhkan” may continuously provide further regional prosperity and a breath of fresh air to the land of Kyoto while working as a base of communication of tourists from across the world and local residents.

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