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Introduction

Photo by Naoya Hatakeyama

sendai mediatheque—arcthitecture and beyond


Since its opening in 2001, sendai mediatheque has attracted international attention as a distinctive work of architecture. Designed by Toyo Ito — 2013 Pritzker Architecture Prize winner — sendai mediatheque features slabs and vertical tubes as its fundamental, and almost only, structural elements, creating spaces that are distinctively different from conventional cultural institutions in that they do not define the use of enclosed spaces, rather allowing its users to define mediatheque organically. sendai mediatheque is an architecture that blurs boundaries — those between inside and outside, performers and audiences as well as service providers and users — as a cultural institution that "accommodates" and "facilitates," rather than "defines."