Toyo Ito’s floating objects

Toyo Ito is known as “One of the world’s most innovative and influential architects“ who has won the 2013 Pritzker prize — one of the most prestigious awards for architects. Buildings with structures that appear to be floating can be caused by various effects as Toyo Ito has demonstrated in his works. I was influenced by Tod’s Omotesando Building (2004) due to its tree-like structure (Figure 1). The building is surrounded by a skin of interlocking concrete supports and glass, mimicking the trees lining the street. The organic effect outside of the building is particularly impressive in the cooler months, when the bare branches of the trees reflected in the building, which creates a feeling of being in nature.

Figure1: Tod’s Omotesando by Edmund Sumner

Using Toyo Ito’s work of Tod’s Omotesando Building as inspiration, I have chosen the Macquarie Bank Building (Figure 2) as my existing structure. After brainstorming ideas, I have decided and made 5 different models which are needed to be developed further. My initial model was constructed as a small piece of the Macquarie Bank Building, which consists a solid covered by an orthogonal grid of vertical columns and horizontal beams (Figure 3). Then, I decided to make my second model without a solid, which visually shows a system of orthogonal grid of columns and beams standing independently (Figure 4). However, the second model seems to be exposed and lack of substance, which is why I improved the next 2 models by adding vertical and horizontal lines under the covers (Figure 5&6). Ultimately, I combined the 2 models (Figure 5&6) and successfully constructed a floating cube (Figure 7)

Figure 2: Macquarie Bank Building
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Figure 7: My final


Gitsar, June 3rd 2011, Architecture and interior :”Macquarie Bank Building | Sydney”, viewed December 14th 2016, <>

Sumner, E. October 31st 2005, Toyo Ito & Associates :“Tod’s Omotesando”, viewed December 14th 2016, <>