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Soma City HOME-FOR-ALL / Toyo Ito & Associates + Klein Dytham architecture

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Soma, Japan

Museo Internacional del Barroco / Toyo Ito & Associates

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Heroica Puebla de Zaragoza, Mexico

AD Classics: Odate Dome / Toyo Ito & Associates

The Odate Dome in the Akita Prefecture of Japan was completed by Toyo Ito in June 1997. The project is another example of the architect's impressive canon, making use of cutting edge technology and bringing architecture closer to people. Seemingly floating a few meters above the ground, the dome leaves space for the people to flow in comfortably, while the use of wood is itself a way of bringing nature into architecture while adopting the latest technological advancements.

AD Classics: Yatsushiro Municipal Museum / Toyo Ito

The city of Yatsushiro is known in Japan as a home for exemplary architecture - the legacy at least in part of Artpolis, a plan by the government of the Kumamoto Prefecture to seek out a range of talented architects to design cultural buildings in the cities of the region. Though the Artpolis scheme has been running for the past 22 years, perhaps its most successful building was completed back in 1991, with the construction of Toyo Ito's Yatsushiro Municipal Museum.

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AD Classics: White U / Toyo Ito

Toyo Ito was commissioned for this building by his older sister after her husband sadly lost his battle with cancer in the 1970s. Having lived for a number of years in a high-rise apartment, she and her two young daughters wished to move to a site which had more connection to the ground; as luck would have it, the site next to Ito's own house was being sold at the time.

AD Classics: Silver Hut / Toyo Ito

© Tomio Ohashi. Courtesy of Toyo Ito & Associates
© Tomio Ohashi. Courtesy of Toyo Ito & Associates

Known for his conceptual designs, Japanese architect Toyo Ito is arguably one of the world’s most innovative architects. He began his architectural career with a project for his sister in 1976 called “The U House,” located in the center of Tokyo. The U House contained windows on the inside facing a courtyard instead of the typical outward-facing windows. This was Ito’s first experimentation with the ways that light enters buildings, and he expanded this idea to an even greater extent in his next project: the Silver Hut in Nakano, Tokyo.

Read about the Silver Hut after the break.

© Tomio Ohashi. Courtesy of Toyo Ito & Associates © Fujitsuka Mitsumasa. Courtesy of Toyo Ito & Associates © Tomio Ohashi. Courtesy of Toyo Ito & Associates © Tomio Ohashi. Courtesy of Toyo Ito & Associates + 6

AD Classics: Tower of Winds / Toyo Ito & Associates

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The Tower of Winds is a project largely indicative of Toyo Ito's approach to architecture, particularly his belief in the importance of technology and its vital role in the future of architecture. The project not only embraces technology and involves it in a dialogue with the city, but also establishes a direct symbolic relationship between nature and the installation.

Serpentine Gallery Pavilion 2002 / Toyo Ito + Cecil Balmond + Arup

© Sylvain Deleu
© Sylvain Deleu
City of Westminster, United Kingdom
  • Architects: Toyo Ito, Cecil Balmond, Arup
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  309
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2002

Toyo Ito, recipient of the Pritzker Prize 2013, along with Cecil Balmond and Arup were in charge of the design of the Serpentine Gallery Pavilion back in 2002. What appeared to be an extremely complex random pattern was in fact derived from an algorithm of a cube that expanded as it rotated. The intersecting lines formed different triangles and trapezoids, whose transparency and translucency gave a sense of infinitely repeated motion.

You can see more images of the Serpentine Gallery Pavilion 2002 after the break. And don't forget to check ArchDaily's exclusive coverage of the 2013 Pritzker Prize.

AD Classics: Sendai Mediatheque / Toyo Ito & Associates

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Sendai-shi, Japan

Porta Fira Towers / b720 Fermín Vázquez Arquitectos + Toyo Ito & Associates

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L'Hospitalet de Llobregat, Spain
  • Architects: Toyo Ito (ITO AA) + Fermín Vázquez (b720 Arquitectos)
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  80
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2010

White O / Toyo Ito & Associates

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Santo Domingo, Chile
  • Architects: Toyo Ito & Associates
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  370
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2009

Za Koenji Public Theatre / Toyo Ito & Associates

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Tama Art University Library / Toyo Ito & Associates

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