toyo ito architecture museum   complete
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oct 31, 2011
toyo ito architecture museum complete


‘toyo ito museum of architecture’ by toyo ito & associates in omishima, imabari, japan
image courtesy toyo ito museum of architecture

globally-recognized japanese architect toyo ito has completed the ‘toyo ito architecture musem’
on the island of omishima, making it the first museum in japan dedicated to the work of an individual
architect. situated on a site overlooking the seto inland sea, the holistic form of the structure is
sculpted to mimic the deck of a ship.


roof terrace
image courtesy toyo ito museum of architecture

read as a three-dimensionally graphic object, the multi-level museum features a skin constructed out
of steel sheeting. the faceted faces tilted at a variety of angles lend the exterior a dynamic yet matte
aesthetic that establishes a strong and modern identity on the lush site. contrasting yet playful,
the museum demonstrates a clear structural organization that translates itself into a bold carving
of interior spaces.


interior view of entrance
image courtesy toyo ito museum of architecture


(left) ceiling form
(right) angled window
images courtesy toyo ito museum of architecture


exhibition space
image courtesy toyo ito museum of architecture

an adjacent structure featuring a series of arches accommodates a workshop and library as
a freestanding pavilion. the structural skeleton of the spans are left exposed to highlight
the details of the roof.

to see more images and technical drawings of the project, click here for our previous coverage
of the museum.


image courtesy toyo ito museum of architecture


image courtesy toyo ito museum of architecture


image courtesy toyo ito museum of architecture


image courtesy toyo ito museum of architecture


image courtesy toyo ito museum of architecture

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