TAMA Art University Library by Toyo Ito Architects
Ito’s inspiration, however, was not the arched architecture of the past. It was instead the geologic cave, which he felt was a superb natural example of how to delineate spaces without using repetitive grids of columns and walls.To keep the natural theme, Ito varied the sizes of the arches; in fact, no arch is exactly the same. The supports for the arches act like stalactites, reaching down and ever-so-lightly embracing the floor line below. Unfortunately (at least for Ito), his idea was not fully realized. He envisioned a first floor gallery, with private floors underneath. Due to site constraints, though, the library had to be built up instead of down.
“His buildings are complex, yet his high degree of synthesis means that his works attain a level of calmness, which ultimately allows the inhabitants to freely develop their life and activities in them.”
The 71 year-old Japanese architect, “creator of timeless buildings”, has been awarded the 2013 Pritzker Architecture Prize: we take a look at his career from the recent award-winning Home-for-All, to the Matsumoto Performing Arts Centre. Full Article via Domus