Toyo Ito and the Za-Koenji Public Theatre in Tokyo

Toyo in Tokyo – has no one else seen that?  Come on, people.  We can’t let little obvious bits of comedy escape like that!  That’s really where it ends though, because Toyo Ito and his work are both pretty awesome.  He just designed that beautiful fully powered solar stadium for the World Games 2009, and now he’s done a public theatre in Tokyo.  Meet the Za-Koenji Public Theatre:

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From the Za-Koenji Theatre website:

ZA-KOENJI Public Theatre is a theatre for contemporary performing arts. The theatre is funded by the city of Suginami in Tokyo and managed by Creative Theatre Network (CTN), a non-profit organization led by president Ren Saito. The theatre produces, presents and supports a wide range of cultural activities for the community of Suginami, enabling people of all ages to see and take part in many art forms from drama and dance to music and storytelling.Director and playwright Makoto Sato, is the Artistic Director. His vision is for ZA-KOENJI to become a forum or Agora; a meeting point where the communities of Suginami can come together with local, national and international artists.

That daylighting shot in there is amazing to me. Using the available resources (ie, THE SUN) as an architectural and artistic form is exactly what we should be doing.  More pics:

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Check out the Za-Koenji Public Theatre’s website.

Thanks, Coolboom!