Born in Korea (although Japanese descent) during Japan's occupation of that country (1941), and owner of a simple, affable personality, Toyo Ito recognizes the importance of Ki (気), the energy flow that runs in the architecture and all things.
"The spirit of Ki, while circulating in the cosmos as air, it condenses and solidifies to form the body of living beings. The body is made of liquids and solids, but is mainly gas. At the same time as the gas condenses and solidifies to form the body, the air that is inhaled into the body fills it. In this way the Ki sustains life. once inhaled the air is exhaled rapidly and there is no distinction between the self and the others.
Toshio Kuwako mentioned by Toyo Ito when he wrote "Tarzan in the forest of the media"
THE TOWER OF THE WINDS (1986)
Photo courtesy of El Croquis.
Floor plan of the Tower of the Winds. Image courtesy of El Croquis
The following concept video shows the components and operation of the tower
THE EGG OF THE WINDS (1991)
Ito proposed a kind of "Building of Tomorrow", an "video gallery oudoors." There are two versions of this, one in Brussels and the other in the Japanese suburb of River City 21 in Tokyo.
"is the object of the images that come with the wind and move with the wind."
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