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The Tokyo Toilet: Toyo Ito @ Yoyogi Hachiman Park

As part of the Tokyo Toilet Project, architect Toyo Ito designed a public bathroom named “three mushrooms” by the Yoyogi Hachiman shrine in Shibuya Ward.

Toyo Ito Interview in Omishima: Architecture then, now and next 2-2

I spent a morning with Toyo Ito on Omishima island in 2018, where the Toyo Ito Museum of Architecture, Imabari opened an exhibit “Protecting = Creating the Sacred Island of Omishima.” Enjoy Ito’s inspiring story of architecture then, now and next.

Toyo Ito Interview in Omishima: Architecture then, now and next 1 (2)

I spent a morning with Toyo Ito on Omishima island in 2018, where the Toyo Ito Museum of Architecture, Imabari opened an exhibit “Protecting = Creating the Sacred Island of Omishima.” Enjoy Ito’s inspiring story of architecture then, now and next.

Toyo Ito: Tama Art University Library

When architect Toyo Ito saw the location of the Tama Art University Library, he thought about caves. But why caves? “I think I have been subconsciously fascinated by them,” Ito recalls. Caves are completely different from conventional architecture. They have no exterior; only interiors. They have entrance but no outlets. Lights or winds act very differently in there.

Japanese architecture: is it really natural and sustainable?

Many people think that Japanese architecture is uniquely sustainable and in harmony with nature, and has a new potential to become an alternative to modern-era architecture. Is it true? The key is “aesthetics.” Unique perspectives on naturalism by Kengo Kuma, Toyo Ito, Sou Fujimoto, Tadao Ando.

Toyo Ito Interview in Omishima: Architecture then, now and next 3

I spent a morning with Toyo Ito on Omishima island in 2018, where the Toyo Ito Museum of Architecture, Imabari opened an exhibit “Protecting = Creating the Sacred Island of Omishima.” Enjoy Ito’s inspiring story of architecture then, now and next.

Toyo Ito Interview in Omishima: Architecture then, now and next 1

I spent a morning with Toyo Ito on Omishima island in 2018, where the Toyo Ito Museum of Architecture, Imabari opened an exhibit “Protecting = Creating the Sacred Island of Omishima.” Enjoy Ito’s inspiring story of architecture then, now and next.

Toyo Ito Interview in Omishima: Architecture then, now and next 2-1

I spent a morning with Toyo Ito on Omishima island in 2018, where the Toyo Ito Museum of Architecture, Imabari opened an exhibit “Protecting = Creating the Sacred Island of Omishima.” Enjoy Ito’s inspiring story of architecture then, now and next.

Toyo Ito Omishima Project: Omishima Minna-no-Winery

Architect Toyo Ito founded the Omishima Minna-no-Winery in 2015, an inspiring endeavor to convert abandoned orchards in a small, rural yet history-rich island in the Seto Naikai into vineyards, so that the relinquished assets can be transformed into new values and opportunities for the island.

The ZA-KOENJI Public Theater: Experience the swirling potential of performing arts

The ZA-KOENJI Public Theater was designed by Toyo Ito. It is a circus marquee suddenly emerged in the middle of urban Tokyo. Directed by legendary theater director Makoto Sato, the venue is offering a wide variety of performing arts and other events for local communities and beyond.