Toyo Ito literally connects architecture to the people

Toyo ito literally connects architecture to the people
A life size mockup of a wall section of the Taichung Metropolitan Opera House / © NACÁSA & PARTNERS INC.

“For the past nine years, it’s been a struggling journey — groping toward an unseen goal. Nobody could tell how and when this building would settle into the right shape within the budget,” architect Toyo Ito said at the Oct. 16 opening of “Toyo Ito: The Making of the Taichung Metropolitan Opera House 2005-2014″ at Toto Gallery Ma.

Ito’s most recent project, The Taichung Metropolitan Opera House, officially named the National Taichung Theater — a complex that houses three theaters, rehearsal rooms, shops, restaurant and a roof garden — is at last close to completion.

With the final form of the complex now taking shape, this exhibition focuses on the creative process that brought about the opera house’s complex design, featuring architectural models, including a life-size mockup of section of a wall, drawings, film footage and a display that charts its development since it won the commission in 2005.

Throughout his career, Pritzker Architecture Prize-winner Toyo Ito has always pushed the boundaries of architecture with cutting-edge works. His Sendai Mediatheque (2001) in Miyagi Prefecture, a transparent multistory media center of steel-slab floors supported by 13 different-sized tree-trunk-like latticed tubes, was designed to open up architecture to society, while his Great East Japan Earthquake Home-for-All project presents human-oriented temporary housing to aid reconstruction activities in disaster stricken areas. ….

Aline Chahine
Aline is an international licensed architect currently practicing in Canada, she is the reason you are reading this right now, Aline founded the platform back in 2008 shaping the very foundation of Architecture Lab, her exemplary content curation process that defines the online magazine today.
Aline Chahine
Aline Chahine
Aline is an international licensed architect currently practicing in Canada, she is the reason you are reading this right now, Aline founded the platform back in 2008 shaping the very foundation of Architecture Lab, her exemplary content curation process that defines the online magazine today. Highlights Aline founded Architecture Lab in 2008 Lead editor of dan | dailyarchnews since 2019 Founded and Creative Director of DesignRaid Licensed architect with creative sales and marketing experience Experience As full-fledged architect, Aline's background involved a great deal of research that lead to the creation of Architecture Lab as an online database of exemplary design. Her experience snowballed into founding two architecture platforms, Architecture Lab and DesignRaid. Education Aline received USEK’s Master of Architecture in 2004 and BA in English from the University of Toronto
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