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Toyo Ito | Tower of Winds 1986 Yokohama
Photo by Tomio Ohashi
The tall cylinder shaped tower with perforated aluminium panels functions as a ventilation and water tank facility for an underground shopping center. In the daylight, the Tower looks like a giant grey sculpture suspended in the sky.
But it is really at night that the tango between functionality and aesthetics takes place. The entire cylinder lights up from within, turning it into a luminous platonic volume, reflecting the ever changing “winds” of Tokyo.
The dancing lights are computer-programmed to generate different patterns based on information collected from the surroundings.
The tower, covered in acrylic mirrors with over a thousand mini lamps and twelve neon rings, also has thirty floodlights at the base. The mini lamps change in colour in reaction to the noise around the Tower, the neon lights ripple up and down and the aluminium panels on the tower appear and disappear with the wind. At once a wonderful metaphor for the cosmopolitan, volatile Tokyo, and a tribute to the amazing marriage of technology and creativity.
I wanna go there! :P
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