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05 September 2013

twisted tubes

Sendai Mediatheque is a kind of a cultural complex with library and gallery. This building was designed by Toyo Ito who was Pritzker prize awarded this year.

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The building looks normal from outside, just glass walls as in other modern architecture, however its structure is very unique.

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It doesn't have any conventional pillars nor walls but twisted tubes that look like woven pipes support floors. Functions such as water, air and electricity are integrated in the tubes, and so does elevaters and stairways.

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This structure looks weak, but it survived 3.11, massive earthquake in 2011.

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I found a poem printed on the section of floor where the tube goes through.

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