The Hyogo Performing Arts Center Hyōgo-kenritsu Geijutsu Bunka Sentā) is a Performing arts center in the city of Nishinomiya, Hyōgo Prefecture, Japan, next to Nishinomiya-Kitaguchi Station operated by Hankyu Corporation. The Center was opened in 2005 to mark the ten-year anniversary of the Great Hanshin Earthquake which largely devastated Nishinomiya and the surrounding cities.The Hyogo Performing Arts Center (HPAC) produces opera, ballet, theater, orchestral and chamber music performances, and is home to the Hyogo Performing Arts Center Orchestra.Architectural design is by Nikken Sekkei with acoustical engineering by Nagata Acoustics.LogoThe logo of the Hyogo Performing Arts Center is fully symmetrical, appearing the same way from any angle. Representing "Rebirth", "Liveliness" and "Creativity", the design aims to embody the HPAC's goal to serve as a venue for interaction between the community and artists through cultural and artistic events.FacilitiesThe Hyogo Performing Arts Center contains three performance venues, all of which are connected by the main public lobby, or piazza. The Center features two restaurants: Igrek Theatre, a French restaurants for patrons of the Center, and an artist cafe for employees and performers. In an effort to offset the Center's carbon footprint, the building's roof contains solar panels and a garden. Rainwater is recycled for use in watering the rooftop garden.
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