Sendai Mediatheque – Toyo Ito – Kevin McKitrick

sendai mediatheque

toyo ito

sendai, japan  (northeastern region, 280km from Tokyo)

kevin mckitrick

professor ryan

Caption:  Expanded Context

Caption:  Street Level Context

Caption:  Programmatic Context

Site Plan

Caption:  Ripple-like contour lines of activities occurring around the tubes.

Concept :

The mediatheque is a prototypical building typology that is not attuned to one set specific program. Rather a system capable of meeting any and all programmatic conditions that might arise through uncompromising transparency and openness.

Six Aspects of Consideration for the Design:

Multifunctionality: Meet the needs of all the required institutional functions.

Art: Support ongoing regional exhibitions.

Data Media [books]: A place for searching of information.

Operations: The unification of previously separate operations.

Urbanism: Creation of a focal point for the city.

Design Competition: Focus on highly transparent and open methods.

Construction System:

The mediatheque is comprised of three basic architectural elements: plates [floors]   tubes [columns]   skin [facade].

Lighting Concept:

The stacking of colors reveals the general concept of the architecture – that of the tubes connecting layers of different programs.

Program Diagram

the mediatheque was conceived as an amalgam of four different programs creating a whole new building “type” (typology). the four programs planned for project include:  the relocation of the aoba-ku branch of the sendai public library, an improved space for the sendai audiovisual learning center, and the creation of an information services center for the audio visually impaired.

Served / Servant Diagram

Open / Closed Diagram

longitudinal section

Caption:  3rd floor library stacks

Caption:  view up lighting tube

Caption: ground floor entry plaza

Caption: second floor information center

Caption: library south facade


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