Tokyo-based architect Toyo Ito founded the studio Urban Robot, now Toyo Ito & Associates, Architects, in 1971. His many projects include Sendai Mediatheque, Sendai, Japan; Serpentine Gallery Pavilion 2002, London; Tama Art University Library, Hachioji, Japan; “Minna no Mori” Gifu Media Cosmos, Gifu, Japan; and National Taichung Theater, Taichung, Taiwan. Ito is the recipient of numerous awards and honors, including the Pritzker Architecture Prize (2013). In 2011, he established a private architectural school, Ito Juku, which focuses on the future of cities and architecture. Photo: Mitsumasa Fujitsuka
Toyo Ito, Marc Newson, and Koji Yanai
The Tokyo Toilet project has added twelve new public restrooms by renowned architects and designers to the city’s map since 2020, with five more scheduled to open in 2022. To learn more about the initiative, the Quarterly spoke with founder Koji Yanai and two of the participating designers, Toyo Ito and Marc Newson.