Toyo Ito & Associates - Tama Art University Library (Hachijoji campus) (Scroll down for more)
Toyo Ito's new library is an example of outstanding campus architecture, thanks to the ingenious structure and spatial organization. His preliminary design for an underground space was eventually raised above ground; turned upside down, the scooped out volume adopted the arch as the best way of dividing up the space, while simultaneously articulating the exterior of the building. The sloping surface of the ground floor, used for exhibitions, plays and dance performances, stimulates creativity, according to the architect. The most challenging technical element to construct was the 20-centimetre thin curved walls, which contain steel plates for reinforcement in the middle and specially curved glass to keep the façade clean.
Photographer: Ishiguro Photographic Institute