Toyo Ito is a Japanese architect known for creating extremely conceptual architecture, in which he seeks to simultaneously express the physical and virtual "worlds". He is aleading exponent of architecture that addresses the contemporary notion of a "simulated" city. considered "one of the world's most innovative and influential architects." (Designboom).
Ito was born in Seoul, South Korea (at the time, Japan had colonized the country). Ito graduated from Tokyo University's Department of Architecture in 1965.
After working for KiyonoriKikutake Architect and Associates from 1965 to 1969, in 1971 he started his own studio in Tokyo, named Urbot ("Urban Robot"). In 1979, the studio name was changed to Toyo Ito & Associates,Architects. Throughout his early career Ito constructed numerous private house projects that expressed aspects of urban life in Japan. His most remarkable early conceptual contributions were made throughprojects of this scale. See White U (1976) and Silver Hut (1984).
With the Pao for the Tokyo Nomad Girl projects in 1985 and 1989, Ito presented a vision of the life of an Urban Nomad, illustrating humanlife during the bubble economy period in Japan.
Tower of Winds (1986) and Egg of Winds (1991) are interactive landmarks in public spaces, resulting from a creative confrontation with contemporarytechnical possibilities.
Toyo Ito is known for helping to raise talented architects in the younger generation. Architects who worked for his office include Kazuyo Sejima and Ryue Nishizawa (SANAA), AstridKlein and Mark Dytham (KDa), Katsuya Fukushima, Makoto Yokomizo, and Akihisa Hirata.
The work of Toyo Ito is often said to take inspiration from philosophers such as Munesuke Mita andGilles Deleuze.
Through small house projects, Ito has defined architecture as "clothing" for urban dwellers, particularly in the contemporary Japanese metropolis. This theme revolves around the...