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  • Title (object)

    • Under Construction
  • Description

    Photobook. One volume. First edition. Text in English and Japanese.

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  • Date

    • 2001
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  • Dimensions

    • Height: 27.9 centimetres
    • Width: 22.1 centimetres
  • Curator's comments

    This is a photographic record of the construction of the Sendai Mediatheque, a library built by the architect Ito Toyo between November 1998 and March 2000. The work is one of the most beautifully crafted publications relating to contemporary architecture. It oozes with the professionalism of everybody involved. There is a fresh approach, there is a fresh look at detail and colour, and there is fresh design. Ito suspended the entire seven-floor structure from 13 strangely twisted, expanding and contracting tubes. Hatakeyama compares the architecture to a ship and was surprised to find that the workmen involved in the construction actually came from a shipyard in his hometown. This is a book that is full of a sense of achievement, progress, and optimism. In a sense it is similar to Kimura's 'In a shipyard'. (plate 6 TUBE assembly seen through the net, plate 26 jointing by high tension bolts, plate 70 double glazing glass for the south façade, plate 76 TUBE and adjustable wall. 78 empty book shelves. 85 TUBEs reflected in the marble floor in a lighting test. 90 looking up into the TUBE from the 1F). The design of the book by Matsuda Yukimasa is superb. The front board is reinforced with strong cardboard, allowing for a beautiful handling of the book. (Titus Boeder, 4/07) Singed by the artist at the British Museum on 26 October 2010.


  • Location

    Not on display

  • Exhibition history

    2011 Jun-2011 Oct, BM Japanese Galleries, 'Japan from prehistory to the present'

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  • Additional IDs

    • PB.56 (Photobook number)

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