New Library, Tama Art University : By Toyo Ito & Associates

Posted on November 4, 2010

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Hachioji City, Japan 
Toyo Ito & Associates
Post By:Kitticoon Poopong
Toyo Ito combines a new kind of grid with an innovative system of arches at the Tama Art University Library outside of Tokyo
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Photo © Iwan Baan

With its iconic arches, Toyo Ito’s new library at Tama Art University has the aura of a Romanesque building. But caves, not compression structures, were the architect’s inspiration, so any similarities to European antecedents are merely superficial. And unlike the straightforward, repetitive systems used historically, Ito’s high-tech concrete curves—each one different—tiptoe gracefully in multiple directions throughout the building.
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