Architectural Model

‘ a floating object’


Towers of Winds by Toyo Ito (Figure 1)
Mini Models by Madeline Russell (Figure 2)

Toyo Ito is a famous Japanese Architect who is known for his ambitious and unique designs of buildings. Mostly known by his strong style of creating a building that appears as a ‘floating object’. Toyo Ito changed the way a building looked both visually but also structurally (in his models), he incorporates a vast amount of thin poles throughout all floors to ensure the building would stand but by also creating the illusion that the space is floating. Whilst many of his initial models weren’t built it is through the out of the box thinking that changed aspects of architecture in todays society. Ito would also study the use of different materials and how each material would change the design of the building. These studies are seen in Figure 1 which represents replica models of the ‘Towers of Winds’ building, showing different possible facade designs. To create the illusion of a building to appear floating I first needed to explore this technique further, discovering how Ito focused on the material glass and perspex and how together the materials could create the illusion of the building to appear floating over the ground. Getting inspiration from his unique philosophy, I decided to adapt them to the ‘UTS Tower’ building. Firstly, creating 5 models I experimented with the materials and design of the facade of the building, which is seen in Figure 2. Each model demonstrated a progression of this experimentation from the building simply being all glass to the final model which was inspired from his ‘Sea Wave Facade’ building which can be seen in Figure 3. My main focus was to have the base of the building to be covered in glass with minimal walls and poles to help create this illusion, then experimenting with the material and design for the top half of the building. Deciding to create a connection between the old establishment and the new design of the tower would allow for the iconic design to stay in contact with the building, as seen in Figure 4 and Figure 5. Toyo Ito reshaped architecture and the city in many ways demonstrating how extraordinary architecture and buildings can be designed to both stand out but also camouflage in to its surroundings.


Sea Wave Facade by Toyo Ito (Figure 3)
Final 5 Models by Madeline Russell
Final Design of the Building by Madeline Russell

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