Toyo Ito's Taichung Metropolitan Opera House

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Toyo Ito
Taichung City Government
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Site area.- 57,685 sqm Floor area.- 43,264 sqm 2009 seat grand theatre 4,450 sqm 800 seat playhouse 1,770 sqm 200 seat black box 520 sqm Backstage space 2,630 sqm Other space 16,090 sqm Management space 1,850 sqm Arts plaza 6,000 sqm Arts/creative workshop 3,100 sqm Total 36,410 sqm


Toyo Ito was born in 1941. After graduating from the University of Tokyo in 1965, he worked in the office of Kiyonori Kikutake until 1969. In 1971, he founded his own office Urban Robot (URBOT), which was renamed Toyo Ito & Associates, Architects. Along with architecture projects all around the world, including Japan, Europe, Asia, and the U.S.A., Ito is engaged in a wide range of activities.

His recent works include the Tama Art University Library (Hachioji Campus), the Za-Koenji Public Theatre, and Torres Porta Fira in Spain. Among the many awards he has received are the AIJ Prize for Design, the Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement at the Venice Biennale, the '06 Royal Institute of British Architecture Gold Medal, the Asahi Award, and the Prince Takamatsu World Culture Award.



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