Toyo Ito Museum of Architecture, designed by Toyo Ito

Toyo Ito Museum of Architecture, designed by Toyo Ito

Toyo Ito Museum of Architecture, designed by Toyo Ito

Toyo Ito Museum of Architecture, designed by Toyo Ito

Who better to design a museum dedicated to the architecture of Toyo Ito than Toyo Ito, himself. Located on the Japanese island of Omishima, the structure is a geometric delight. The volumes of shifting trapezoids, triangles and hexagons are covered with matte metal and filled with drawings and models from Ito’s impressive oeuvre. Does it maybe seem a bit hubristic to build a monument to yourself? Well, architecture requires a kind of hubris, to work with the conviction that you know how people should live… which is a pretty outrageous belief to work under. This kind of archi-cestual exercise of designing a museum about your own work isn’t far removed from what architects do all the time: create artifacts. This particular artifact happens to display artifacts made by the same architect. No big deal, but amusing none the less.

Alex

Alex Dent

November 1, 2011 / By

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