Japanese houses by Kenzo Tange, Toyo Ito and Atelier Bow-Wow showcased in MAXXI exhibition

The house Kenzo Tange designed for himself, a U-shaped residence by Toyo Ito and Atelier Bow-Wow’s house-cum-studio are all on show as part of an exhibition about Japan’s post-war houses at the MAXXI museum in Rome. Covering the period following the second world war to modern day, The Japanese House: Architecture & Life after 1945 showcases over 80 of Japan’s single-family

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Toyo Ito’s Museo Internacional del Barroco photographed by Edmund Sumner

These new images by British photographer Edmund Sumner show the fluted concrete structure of the Museo Internacional del Barroco in Mexico, which is designed by Japanese architect Toyo Ito. White concrete walls curl around a courtyard at the centre of the museum, which hosts a collection of baroque art ranging from painting and sculpture to fashion and architecture. Galleries set behind the

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Toyo Ito’s Taichung Metropolitan Opera House in Taiwan nears completion

These new photographs reveal the cavernous form of an opera house by Japanese architect Toyo Ito, which is taking shape in the Taiwanese city Taichung (+ slideshow). Taichung Metropolitan Opera House by Pritzker Prize-winning architect Toyo Ito is expected to open later this year. These shots taken by Lucas K Doolan, a New Zealand photographer currently working in Taiwan, were taken during a More

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Toyo Ito creates fluted walls of white concrete at Museo Internacional del Barroco

Curled white concrete walls and a water-filled courtyard frame this museum of Baroque art and culture in Mexico by Japanese architect Toyo Ito (+ slideshow). Toyo Ito & Associates designed the Museo Internacional del Barroco (MIB) for a plot on the edge of a park near the city of Puebla. It hosts examples of Baroque art ranging from painting, sculpture and fashion to More

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Japanese architects have rejected the starchitect system says MoMA curator

Contemporary Japanese architects have created “a legacy with more consistency” than the famous names that dominate architecture elsewhere, says the curator of a major new MoMA exhibition (+ slideshow). MoMA’s show, which is titled A Japanese Constellation, focuses on the work of three generations of Japanese architects, including Toyo Ito, Kazuyo Sejima and SANAA, and Sou Fujimoto. More

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Klein Dytham builds latticed community hall for Toyo Ito’s post-earthquake recovery programme

Five years after the devastating Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami struck Japan, Klein Dytham Architecture has unveiled a community hall for recovering city Sōma, designed to look like a huge straw hat (+ slideshow). The Sōma City Home for All is one of 13 community facilities completed so far as part of the recovery programme initiated by Japanese architect Toyo More

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Kengo Kuma and Toyo Ito unveil competing bids for Tokyo Olympic Stadium

Japanese architects Kengo Kuma and Toyo Ito have unveiled rival proposals to build the 2020 Tokyo Olympic stadium, replacing Zaha Hadid’s original competition-winning design (+ slideshow). The Japan Sport Council (JSC) has revealed images of the two designs competing for the Tokyo National Stadium contract, which are by Japanese architects Kuma and Ito. The two schemes were submitted anonymously to a new competition More

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Toyo Ito “gulped” when asked to design the 2002 Serpentine Gallery Pavilion

Movie: in the next instalment from our exclusive video series with Julia Peyton-Jones, the Serpentine Gallery director recalls the difficulty in convincing Japanese architect Toyo Ito to design the gallery’s 2002 summer pavilion. Initially, when asked to follow on from Zaha Hadid and Daniel Libeskind to design a structure for the gallery in Kensington Gardens, Ito proposed using […]

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