October 15, 2006
The works of Toyo Ito (who was
born in 1941 and has been pursuing an independent career as an architect since
1971) elude the grasp of critics owing to their paradoxical character.
Underlying everything the Japanese architect has built or designed is an attempt
to set architecture free from gravity and a denunciation of the conflicts that
accompany the coexistence of form and weight. It is this opposition that lies
behind the insistent research Ito has carried out into construction materials,
commencing, at the very least, with the aluminium house at Fujisawa-shi,
Kanagawa, of 1970-71 although he has gone back to the use of this material with
the house at Sakurajosui, Tokyo, 1997-2000).
360 p., 22x28 cm