Japanese Collection Ep. 9: Tama Art University Library by Toyo Ito / Vincent Hecht / 2017

Japanese Collection Ep. 9: Tama Art University Library by Toyo Ito / Vincent Hecht / 2017


Footnotes

"The Tama Art Library is a reinvention of the space of the Library for the contemporary digital age; working again with innovative structure, in this case impossibly thin concrete walls, pierced by arched openings," says Allen. "It has the feel of a house of cards; he is able to make concrete, which is usually treated as a heavy, cumbersome material, seem light and delicate. The space of his Tama Art Library suggests that today, media and information can never be captured and locked in, as they were in the old libraries, but exist in a kind of flux, which can be shaped and channeled by architecture but never controlled." ➡︎

Fujie Kazuko, who designed the furniture for the new library building, also faced many technical and aesthetic challenges. Toyo Ito wanted the building to follow the natural slope of the land, so Kazuko had to design sofas and benches for the first floor that would sit comfortably on the sloping surface. She also designed library shelves that reflected the arch design of the building. ➡︎


Extras

 Tama Art University Library, Tokyo – Toyo Ito / Iwan Baan

T A M A / Rasmus Hjortshøj / Behance

▶︎ Tamabi Movie: Perspectives of Creativity / Tama Art University / 2017


Sources

◼︎ Exploring the Divergent Architecture of 2013 Pritzker Prize Winner Toyo Ito / Joseph Flaherty / Wired / 2013

◼︎ Library futures: Tama Art University, Japan / Claire Shaw / The Guardian / 2013


The Captain’s House, Vector Architects / Chen Hao / 2017

The Captain’s House, Vector Architects / Chen Hao / 2017

Xavier Corberó: Portrait of an Artist in Winter / Nathalie Biancheri / 2017

Xavier Corberó: Portrait of an Artist in Winter / Nathalie Biancheri / 2017