Toyo Ito

Toyo Ito (b.1941) is one of the world’s most ground-breaking and influential architects, recognized internationally for his inventive and original work

Toyo Ito, Dana Buntrock, Taro Igarashi and Riken Yamamoto


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It has been said that the Sendai Mediatheque (2000), with its revolutionary approach to engineering, marks a turning point not only in Toyo Ito's architecture but in contemporary world architecture in general.

Before Sendai, Ito's work emphasized structural lightness and transparency, and what he saw as the ever-changing ‘non-context’ of Japanese cities. But though Ito's designs still show these early influences, after the Sendai Mediatheque he began to leave behind what he increasingly saw as the boring and inappropriate boxes favoured by modernism, and move toward a light, sensuous and often organic architecture that engages with the cities around it and the people who inhabit it.

These ideas are exemplified in this unique volume, where Toyo Ito presents a selection of his projects, all extensively illustrated with photos, diagrams, drawings, and computer realizations. Each of the book's projects and thematic sections is introduced with a short essay by Ito.

The distinguished Japanese architect Riken Yamamoto has provided an introduction to the book, while the well-known critics Dana Buntrock (USA) and Taro Igarashi (Japan) have contributed essays that provide valuable perspective on Ito's complex works.


Format: Paperback
Size: 290 x 250 mm (11 3/8 x 9 7/8 in)
Pages: 240 pp
Illustrations: 550 illustrations
ISBN: 9780714868608

Toyo Ito started his own studio, Urban Robot (urbot) in 1971, which became Toyo Ito & Associates in 1979. His remarkable work has won many awards, including the Brunner Memorial Prize in 2000 and the RIBA Gold Medal in 2006.

Dana Buntrock is a well-known expert on Japanese architecture and teaches at the University of California, Berkeley.

Taro Igarashi teaches architecture at Tohoku University, Sendai, and is widely respected for his writing on design, the arts, and philosophy.

Riken Yamamoto, architect, is a contemporary of Toyo Ito and also recognized worldwide for his architectural innovation. Among his extraordinary recent projects are Jian Wai SOHO, Beijing (2003) and the Yokosuka Museum of Art (2007).

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