Za-Koenji Public Theatre by Toyo Ito

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More images from Dutch architectural photographer Iwan Baan: this time the Za Koenji Public Theatre in Tokyo, Japan, by Japanese architect Toyo Ito.

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The building is a contemporary performing arts theatre that produces, presents and supports music, dance, drama and storyteling in the Suginami area of Tokyo.

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These photographs will be published in the June 2009 edition of Abitare magazine.

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Posted on Wednesday, June 17th, 2009 at 11:53 am by Brad Turner. See our copyright policy. Before commenting, please read our comments policy.

  • domiminique

    >>one very nice piece of arch indeed! imposing inconspicuousness at its best.

  • http://www.planet3studios.com kanwal

    how good the architecture might be…it alienates it self form the surrounding leaving dead facades at all front…

    it doesn’t places itself well in urban context….

  • sebastian

    beautiful outside expression which is a fragment to the inside – sad if you make it mostly scenographic with the little help of your friend, the lighting designer …

  • Nia

    It looks somehow cheap and cardboardish.
    Apart from the concrete parts,
    the interior shots look like being taken from a
    model.
    The upper “cafe” seems additionally
    very confined.

  • WillM

    I agree with both dominique and kanwal; i’m wondering if perhaps there is a communal connection we are not privy to? Perhaps the idea of this building is the dual life of a theater… vibrant and full of life when the show is on, but quiet and alone when the stage goes quiet. Perhaps its lack of contextual connection explores the idea of this quiet time as well as it highlights a theater’s communal importance

  • http://www.a10studio.net MADianito

    love the lights projected in the floor!

  • R

    The fact that MADianito mentions, in spite of all the concrete, steel, wood, glass, design, money and work that went it to the building, the ‘light projected in the floor!’ as the buildings most noticeable achievement is paradigmatic for the quality of the design.

  • tk

    great, i love Ito more and more

  • Salvadore

    this is a beautiful thing! to bad dezeen is to fancy for stage design. and i dont tink at the cheesy american monumental stage design. i want to see some of das deutsches theater or any instalation inside a theater. things that any desiger or architect should know or at least have a small knowledge about.

  • altusabra

    I like all aspects of the approach (urban including – it looks like temporal tent, pavilion of an old times).

  • choadbag

    i can’t understand any of the comments,
    too many europeans,
    british commentaries for british people i say

  • http://www.saimanmiah.com Saiman

    Very interesting.

    Bold public buildings are always a good thing… depending on context of cause.

  • Takishii

    The configuration from outside reminds me of Hans Scharoun’s Berlin Philharmonic.

  • Ilia

    just visited the building today…the roof line remains me of one of H&dM projects…inside quite impressive… it makes the small and simple space to look so grand and dramatic…a cheap trick,but it works so good…it is nice for theater space…the radish color helps a lot. Forget about how it fits in the surroundings…it doesn’t matter in Japan!

  • http://www.windypainters.com Chicago painter

    I love the idea with natural light coming through rounded openings in the walls and the roof. The exterior is in Nordic style. Something new, very interesting. Maybe a little too cold inside – bare concrete – but with mahogany wood – looks delightful.