sendai mediatheque
Applicant: Toyo Ito Associates + Architects
Designer: Toyo Ito Associates, Architects

This public facility provides an information technology environment organized within a new multimedia dimension that integrates the multiple functions of an art gallery, the Sendai Municipal Library, a visual image center, and an information center for people with visual and hearing disabilities. The simple tubes, plates, and skin used as components give the architectural structure its distinctive internal and external appearance. A major aim of the structure is to create a space that is free of the barriers found in conventional architecture, forming an operational system in a space that eliminates not only physical barriers but barriers in every sense. This design received positive evaluations for the way it has gone beyond the framework of typical public projects of the past by creating a new type of compound cultural facility that nurtures new relationships of people to people, citizens to government, and city to people.