Toyo Ito (June 1, 1941) turns 72 today, only three days after receiving the Pritzker Prize in Boston. In his acceptance speech Wednesday night, Ito explained that for him, “the task of the architect is to release people from [conventional and] restrictive frameworks by creating spaces in which they feel at ease and in which they can attain some degree of freedom.”
Not only is Toyo Ito renowned for striving to make flexible spaces that appeal to the human senses, he also draws most of his inspiration from the organic forms of nature and prioritizes fluidity between the natural world and the built form in his designs. Yet despite having a specific perspective on what architects and architecture should aspire to be, Ito defies definition – each of his many works is extremely unique and he is famous for being able to “synthesize many architectural languages and functionalities in the expression of one personal ‘syntax’.”
We invite you to explore the work of this year’s most celebrated architect after the break.
‘MonsterScape’, an exhibition display design for Monster Exhibition 2013 organized by Recover & Rebuild Japanese art & design, was a concept created by Hannat Architects to exhibit monsters as a metaphor of disaster and to prevent people’s consciousness of disaster from diminishing. On display this past February, the organizer of the event wanted this exhibition to be something not to tell the misery of disaster but to recall “important things” that tend to be forgotten in everyday life, and visitors to enjoy art and design. More images and architects’ description after the break.
Designed as not only a sports stadium, but as a city fragment, the design by MenoMenoPiu Architects + FHF Architectes is an attractor: innovative and a generator of vitality. Given the name The Twist, their proposal for the Tokyo Olympic Stadium is expanding in order to better reach users’ requirements: proximity, diversity, and accessibility. Their conept, unlike other conventional stadiums, is an elliptical spiral which is gradually unrolling and forming. More images and architects’ description after the break.
Once more, Iwan Baan shared with the Za Koenji Public Theatre by Toyo Ito in Tokyo, Japan. An impressive black volume in the middle of the city of Suginami in Tokyo and managed by Creative Theatre Network (CTN), a non-profit organization led by president Ren Saito.
You can see the complete photoset on Iwan’s website.
Graphic designer and curator Kenya Hara has put together a three week-long exhibition in Tokyo focusing on the future of the Japanese house. Hara argues that the housing industry can no longer be isolated but must be combined with other industries, technologies and ideas, including energy, transportation, communication, household appliances, the “vision of happiness” pursued by adults, the representation of Japanese traditions and aesthetics as well as a future vision of health. All of these elements he hopes to present and discuss at the House Vision Exhibition where more than ten types of futuristic houses are on display and daily seminars with expert urban planners, developers, contractors, architects, telecom and even gas organizations have been taking place.
Read more about the exhibition after the break.