Just got to know about Toyo Ito, architect awarded with the 2013 Pritzker Prize and creator of the original “Home for All Project”, designed to help communities after the tsunami in Japan in 2011, a project created to give relief to the housing problem in the area and which considers integrating the natural environment, taking into account the history and weather conditions of the zone with a kind of anti modernist approach and design.
For example The Sendai Mediatheque, one of his important projects, survived the effects of the earthquake as here he and his team invented a system of bundled steel tubes instead of the traditional columns.
He took into account elements as water, in a virtual and physical way. As he points out, water is like the internet: that fluid water that links us to the world.
His goal is to create communal spaces and contribute to create a “new kind of new society”. At the Mediatheque he used an AC system that may be compared to the biological activities of a tree and he used natural light as one of the main characteristics for this design.
Toyo Ito and Associates offices
The Sendai Mediatheque its a project that he worked on for 6 years that embodies the proposal for a completely new concept of architecture. The complex includes mediatheque, an art gallery, a library, an information service center for people with visual and hearing impairments and a visual image media center. during the open competition and subsequent phase of basic designing, the primary effort was on demolishing the archetypal ideas of an art museum or library to reconstruct a new idea of architecture called ‘mediatheque’ utilizing the state-of-the-art media.
This process of reconstructing the architectural concepts as he points out “not only extended to hardware but to software as well”.
Facing side of the Sendai Mediatheque
3rd floor of the Mediatheque
“Only a lunatic would think that art is superior to nature.”
― Gao Xingjian, Soul Mountain
For years I heard a good friend saying: does art creates nature or nature creates art?. I was very young and very confused about this philosophical question. Inside of me I definitely felt it’s Nature who creates art. Today, I was looking at quotes for inspiration to write about something and I found this one from a fabulous writer I discovered through Tania my friend who lives in Barcelona who’s a very special and inspiring woman. This quote opened my eyes and gave me a relief. I know Nature is superior to everything, even art. It’s my mirror, it’s my salvation. Today, I hope to have a re encounter with our mother earth. Going away for a few nights for a green revival.
“To me Acapulco is the detoxicating cure for all the evils of the city: ambition, vanity, quest for success in money, the continuous contagious presence of power-driven, obsessed individuals who want to become known, to be in the limelight, noticed, as if life among millions gave you a desperate illness, a need of rising above the crowd, being noticed, existing individually, singled out from a mass of ants and sheep. It has something to do with the presence of millions of anonymous faces, anonymous people, and the desperate ways of achieving distinction. Here, all this is nonsense. You exist by your smile and your presence. You exist for your joys and your relaxations. You exist in nature. You are part of the glittering sea, and part of the luscious, well-nourished plants, you are wedded to the sun, you are immersed in timelessness, only the present counts, and from the present you extract all the essences which can nourish the senses, and so the nerves are still, the mind is quiet, the nights are lullabies, the days are like gentle ovens in which infinitely wise sculptor’s hands re-form the lost contours, the lost sensations of the body. The body comes to life. Quests, pursuits of concrete securities of one kind or another lose all their importance. As you swim, you are washed of all the excrescences of so-called civilization, which includes the incapacity to be happy under any circumstances.”
“Nature is visible Spirit; Spirit is invisible Nature” F. Shelling