This building by Toyo Ito is formed of three-dimensionally curved concrete that creates a continuous network both vertically and horizontally, bluring the distinction between floor, wall, and ceiling. Arguably, this building is most fascinating in section, which shows the complex relationship of the sculptural volumes and how they create space within and without. Furthermore, the large roof system allows for rainwater collection and filtration.
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A variety of events that can occur in the building–growing vegetables on the upper levels, harvesting at the bottom level, and cooking in the subterranean room. This section successfully tells a story about food, in how it is grown, harvested, and cooked. There is no sealed enclosure, but still adapts to environmental conditions–collecting rainwater through a funnel-shaped roof, cross ventilating during the summer through operable sliding panels in the facade, and blocking prevailing northwest winter wind with its thick base wall.
I found this section to be successful in its ability to show skin, structure, circulation, program, and spatial relations all in one–items that should all be correlated in a section drawing.
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