The Reflective Studio: Toyo Ito
Toyo Ito is known as a simple and creative architects. through his conversation with architectureweek, master Ito makes every answer seems so simple. He doesn’t like pets much, he prefers to be a baseball player than an architects, he loves to wear simple things than formal shirts and japanese traditional dress, and he enjoy evening time very much to work.
Toyo makes life so easy, as how he brings it in design, to enjoy life and nature. People see his work as light and transparent. Knowing as the architect who work with metaphore theory, he is known as the architect who bring the architecture as the media of communication. As his in Sendai Mediatheque design reviews,
“…..The metaphor “the application of a name or descriptive term of phrase to an object or action to which it is imaginatively but not literally applicable” on which the Sendai mediateque project is based combines natural and artificial concepts in the form of an aquarium “an artificial environment designed for keeping live aquatic plants and animals for study or exhibition, esp. a tank of water with transparent sides” ( Ito, 2001 )
In his architecture Ito attempts to introduce the image of progress “advance or development towards completion, betterment, etc; improvement”, using the most advanced innovation and technology by putting it on display. According to this , he brings Japanese concept of simplicity and minimalism: there are no messages on “screen walls”, the latest trend in Toyo Ito’s buildings for the media “the main means of mass communication (esp. newspapers and broadcasting) regarded collectively”, but it is through transparency that the development of the mediateque on the inside is seen. He also involve the entire environment into his design.
Contemporary architecture, according to Ito, must expand its notions of space and movement to incorporate this second realm of existence. What this translates into is use of state of the art technologies, fluid spaces, buildings that change color by day and by night – in other words, a feast of sensory and physical stimuli, all with down-to-earth practical uses that one almost forgets to appreciate. He is a constant source of revolutionary ideas who has made architecture as much about “soft” spaces as “hard” spaces. Non standard architecture should not be seen as only ” the skin” of the building but how the architect thinks about the philosophy of space and life itself.”
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