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