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Tower of Winds

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Toyo Ito
location Yokohama
function installation, monument
contributed by Nazar

The Tower of Winds is a project largely indicative of Toyo Ito's approach to architecture, particularly his belief in the importance of technology and its vital role in the future of architecture. The project not only embraces technology and involves it in a dialogue with the city, but also establishes a direct symbolic relationship between nature and the installation. By day the tower, clad in perforated aluminum panels, reflects the city through the reflective surfaces covering the steel core. The project is rather humble, literally reflecting the city through the complexity of its material. Come night time, the Tower of Winds takes a more pro-active role, translating sound and wind into light through two computers sensing the varying wind and noise levels and accordingly powering 1300 lamps, 12 neon rings, and 30 flood lights at its base.

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Tower of Winds
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Completion 1986
ArchitectToyo Ito
Project ID 12075
Latitude/Longitude 35°28'01N 139°37'16E
Contributed by Nazar
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