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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!

A Fully Solar Powered Stadium

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Okay, wow.  Toyo Ito has designed a 100% solar powered stadium for the 2009 World Games that has a 40,000 seat capacity, can feed its excess power back into the community during the off-season, and has over 8,000 solar panels on its roof.  Some info from the World Games website on the stadium:

The whole construction of the Main Stadium, with a capacity of 40,000 seats, designed by Toyo Ito, only required two years of work, and was finally tested for lighting facilities on January 15, 2009. It took over six minutes to power up the lighting in the stadium, which illuminates the track and field with 3,300 lux. Two jumbotrons screens on each side of the stadium, along with a surround sounding system, make this an international standard soccer field and facility, ensuring that it is the perfect venue for the opening and closing ceremonies, as well as the Rugby 7s and Flying Disc events.

The City of Kaohsiung is particularly proud of this project. During the construction period, no site accidents occurred, while the construction crew successfully overcame the technical difficulties presented by installing spiral steel girders and 8,844 solar panels on the roof.

Moreover, this stadium is notable for its eco-friendliness: the solar panels on the stadium roof generate 1.14 million kWh of electricity per year, thus reducing 660 tons of annual carbon dioxide output. In addition, all the raw materials used in the main stadium are 100% reusable and made in Taiwan.

This is amazing.  Think of it – something that is built that is actually sustainable.  I’m getting a little exhausted with all of the greenwashing lately, especially when 75% of it is total crap.

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Thanks, MetaEfficient!