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Conservatory of Music

Kengo Kuma and Associates

Europa | Aix-en-Provence

The new Darius Milhaud Conservatory in Aix-en-Provence in southern France is an example of architecture that is both expressive and functional. Named after the famous 20th century composer who hailed from Aix, the new building houses a music and dance conservatory as well as a concert hall and performing arts centre.
Located amidst other buildings offering cultural activities, the new conservatory provides a major boost to the arts in this, the birthplace of Cézanne. The five-storey, L-shaped building has a complex functional programme in keeping with the many activities going on inside. There are teaching, rehearsal and study rooms catering for a range of artistic disciplines from instrumental music to singing and dance, a media library with an area for reading and consultation, offices for teachers and administrative staff and storage space.
The building comprises...

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