Toyo Ito

Prestigious Architecture Award

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The 2013 Pritzker architecture prize has been awarded to a Japanese architect, Toyo Ito. The Pritzker prize is considered one of the world’s premier architecture prizes and it is often referred to as the Nobel Prize of architecture.

Toyo Ito has been awarded for his immensely creative and functional building designs.


One of the building that particularly stands out amongst all his work is Sendai Mediatheque library, a cube-shaped structure with floors suspended on steel pipes that Ito calls “tubes.”  Not only these tubes support the building but they also provide room for elevators.

Sendai Mediatheque library
Image Credit: Flickr User Ivan Mlinaric, via CC
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