Calling him a "creator of timeless buildings," the Pritzker Jury
further praised Ito for "infusing his designs with a spiritual
dimension and for the poetics that transcend all his works." Among
those works, the Jury singled out his Sendai Mediatheque, whose
innovative use of structural tubes "permitted new interior spatial
The book Sendai Mediatheque presents the process of design and
construction of Ito's prototype during the six years between the
building's initial design through to its completion in 2001. The
Mediatheque aspires to integrate real and virtual worlds - or, in
Ito's words, "the primitive body of natural flow and the virtual
body of electronic flow." Long after its completion, the
Mediatheque is still evolving as an evolutionary building that
combines the virtual and real into one design objective.
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