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"Blurring Architecture: Toyo Ito"
2001-08-08 until 0000-00-00
NZ New Zealand (Aotearoa)
Since the mid 1970s, Toyo Ito has been one of the world's of the most innovative and influential
architects, creating new concepts for life in modern cities, searching for an architecture
appropriate to our electronic, image-oriented consumer society. His Tower of Winds (1986) and
Egg of Winds (1991) are interactive landmarks, whose design seeks to represent the invisible
electronic world as a parallel to our physical environment.
Ito describes his latest project, the
Mediatheque (media and culture centre) in Sendai, northern Japan, as the culmination of his
quest to fuse the physical and virtual worlds. It's unusual function and radical steel-tube structural
system have forged new approaches to spatial definition, building services, circulation and
construction. Its floors hang on penetrating conduiting masts. Due to open in March, the
Mediatheque is innovative at every level. The centre piece of Blurring Architecture will be a
spectacular four channel data projection, where building plans and schematics for the
Mediatheque are overlaid and animated, with a soundtrack by electronic composer Ryoji Ikeda.
[photo by; Nacasa and Partners, courtesy TN Probe, Tokyo]