Assessment task 2B

I’ve chosen to research Toyo Ito designs through the precedent ‘a floating object’. My choice of public space is the International Convention Centre in Darling Harbour because it features a crystalline glass facade that has been designed to reflect light and the sparkle of the water in Cockle Bay. This contributes to the buildings existing transparency and has brought me toward developing ways to transform the structure into a floating object through abstract model iterations. Many of the buildings designed by Toyo Ito communicate a view of the spaces they are in as their transparency brings together nature and architecture. This was a central aim in the design of the tower of winds in Yokohoma Japan which constantly transforms as small lamps change colours according to the surrounding sounds and winds of the city. The towers then setup a display of light which is a direct representation of its environment. The Sendai Mediathique is another building designed by Ito which appears to change along with the seasons as its openness is reflective of the environment outside due to its structural innovation. Materials used to construct these models included wire for the structural features and white card for the various levels as well as plastic sheets which was a suitable material for adding glass features to the models. The white card was scrapped and the whole structure was developed with wire to display my understanding of the buildings transparency in an abstract way. The iterations changed in ways which opened up the levels to the point where plastic and wire were the only materials implemented.

Figure 1; Iteration 1 — two white card levels with tie wire to act as structures through the middle, surrounded by wire as surrounding structure
Figure 2; Iteration 2 — one white card level surrounded by wire structure to, top roof and tie wire removed
Figure 3; Iteration 3 — levels of white card cut through the middle to open up the floors and provide transparency not only surrounding the floating floors, but also through the middle of them
Figure 4; Iteration 4 — levels further opened up and plastic added as glass feature surrounding wire structure
Figure 5; Iteration 5 — white card removed and wire used to construct the level as well as plastic still surrounding the structure
Figure 6 — all iterations lined up in order
Figure 7— Sendai Mediatheque model — Mediateca de Sendai, Toyo Ito, Aoba-ku, Sendai, Miyagi, Japan, 1995–2001
Figure 8 — Sendai Mediqthique
Figure 9— Tower of winds, Yokohoma, Japan
Figure 10— the International Convention Centre, Darling Harbour. Designed by joint venture partners HASSEL and Populous

Reference List

Cite: Ramzi Naja. “AD Classics: Tower of Winds / Toyo Ito & Associates” 18 Mar 2013. ArchDaily. Accessed 14 May 2017. http://www.archdaily.com/344664/ad-classics-tower-of-winds-toyo-ito/

Architecture by Toyo Ito, Pritzker Laureate for 2013, website title: ThoughtCo , accessed on 14 May 2017 https://www.thoughtco.com/toyo-ito-architecture-portfolio-177466

https://au.pinterest.com/pin/338121884498832300/ accessed on 12 May 2017

http://www.archute.com/2016/01/22/toyo-itos-tower-winds-technological-sculpture-yokohama-japan/ accessed on 12 May 2017

https://au.pinterest.com/pin/403283341611026397/

http://openbuildings.com/buildings/sendai-mediatheque-profile-2580 accessed on 18 May 2017, Georgi Sokolov updated about 5 years ago via OpenBuildings.com

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