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Toyo Ito : Portrait
Toyo Ito
Portrait
Zanoa Bia, January 19, 2007
Toyo Ito
Toyo Ito
 
Toyo Ito, who was born in 1941, opened his own agency in Tokyo in 1971 (known as Toyo Ito & Associate Architects, since 1979). In 2001, his Multimedia Centre in Sendai earned him an international reputation. With its light weight structure, the multimedia centre illustrates the fluid biomorphic architecture which is Toyo Ito’s hallmark. It is made up of a stack of huge panels or plates, completely clad outside and traversed by 13 tubular arborescent columns, at once structural features and energy conductors (water, air, light, sounds, etc.). He subsequently took part in major competitions abroad, winning many prizes. In 2002 he was awarded the Lion d’or at the International Architectural Biennale in Venice for his work as a whole, as well as the RIBA (Royal Institute of British Architects) gold medal in London in 2006.

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