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Architects and studios: Toyo Ito 1-10 / 15

Trip An adventurous budget trip for architecture lovers /2019


Take this opportunity to get to know Japanese architecture, art and culture in a backpack-wise manner with other architecture enthusiasts. This original, chronological route starts in the ancient city of Kyoto, takes you along the artificial islands on the way to the metropolis of Tokyo.

Lecture Festival of polyphony

Concertgebouw (Kamermuziekzaal), Brugge

Hubert De Witte (director Musea Brugge) dives into the history of the church, after which Hera Van Sande (employee Toyo Ito pavilion Burg, Bruges 2002) indicates the importance of this place as muse for the pavilion of Toyo Ito.

Trip 日本 Japan /03/2018


We travel through the land of the rising sun for two weeks. A balanced architectural mix of contemporary, traditional and modern. But also culture, nature, art and … Japanese life is explicitly present.

Trip expo visit Centre Pompidou Metz /12/2017

Centre Pompidou, Metz - Frankrijk

The Center Pompidou in Metz presents two exhibits two Japonese exhibitions: the architecture expo’JAPAN-NESS’ makes a connection from 1945 to the present and the art expo ‘JAPANORAMA’ depicts Japanese contemporary art after 1970’s.

Miscellaneous Toyo Ito NTB


In Memoriam
This week a fine article was published by Domus, written by Matthias Van Rossen about the impotence to unite contemporary architecture and Bruges.

Miscellaneous Toyo Ito NTB


Under pressure from the Bruges public opinion, and after patiently political lobbying, the pavilion of Toyo Ito was downgraded, against the advice of the Heritage administration.

Trip Common ground /11/2012

Giardini - Biennale, Venezia

David Chipperfield is the first Briton in the history of the Venice Architecture Biennale that has the honor to coordinate the largest architecture exhibition in the world. Chipperfield received the 2011 Mies Van Der Rohe Award for the renovation of the Neues Museum in Berlin.

Lecture Fantastic architecture

NMBS loods, Kortrijk

He taught to unite mathematics and nature. Geometric studies based on algorithms and natural forms are his daily activity.

Miscellaneous Action of support to preserve the pavilion

Archipel recommends the preservation and thorough renovation of this fragile but grandiose architecture. There should be a durable new bridge that can defy time so the pavilion can give back its original impetus. We will therefore seek national and international support for conservation.

Miscellaneous Stories about buildings and their relationship to the environment

Flanders & Brussels,

In eight cities and two regions about 68 recently built projects are open to the public with guided tours.

Toyo Ito

Toyo Ito (°Seoul, 1941) is a Japanese architect, he ias awarded the Pritzker Prize in 2013.

After working for Kiyonori Kikutake Architect and Associates from 1965 to 1969 (alongside Itsuko Hasegawa), in 1971 he started his own studio in Tokyo, named Urbot (“Urban Robot”). In 1979, the studio name was changed to Toyo Ito & Associates.

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 through projects of this scale.

Toyo Ito’s office is known as a training ground for talented younger architects. Architects who previously worked for his office include Kazuyo Sejima and Ryue Nishizawa (SANAA), Astrid Klein and Mark Dytham (KDa), Katsuya Fukushima, Makoto Yokomizo, and Akihisa Hirata.