Video: A documentary on Toyo Ito’s Sendai Mediatheque

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One of ’s most iconic building is undoubtedly the Sendai Mediatheque. The latest Pritzker laureate completed the building in 2001, a cultural media center allowing complete visibility and transparency to the surrounding community.

French director Richard Copans made this documentary on the that you can’t miss. You can watch part II and III after the break. And don’t forget to check our complete coverage on the 2013 Pritzker Prize winner.

Flashback: Sendai Mediatheque / Toyo Ito

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With the intentions of designing a transparent cultural media center that is supported by a unique system to allow complete visibility and transparency to the surrounding community, the by Toyo Ito is revolutionary in it’s engineering and aesthetic.

Six steel-ribbed slabs slabs, each 15-3/4″ thick, appear to float from the street, supported by only thirteen vertical steel lattice columns that stretch from ground plane to the roof. This striking visual quality that is one of the most identifiable characteristics of the project is comprable to large trees in a forest, and function as light shafts as well as storage for all of the utilities, networks and systems.

More on the Sendai Mediatheque by after the break.

House Yagiyama / Kazuya Saito Architects

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Architects: Kazuya Saito Architects
Location: Sendai, Miyagi,
Structural Design: Atsuhiro Nakahata, Yasushi Moribe
Site Area: 468.96 sqm
Total Foor Area: 137.47 sqm
Area: 137.47 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Yasuhiro Takagi