Architect. Toyo Ito
Year built: 1986
The Tower of Winds , designed in 1986 by Toyo Ito for the city of Yokohama in Japan. The tower of the winds in addition to being an extraordinary work of lighting, it is primarily an urban element that interacts with the surrounding environment with wisdom describing the contemporary city.
The project presented by Toyo Ito planned to transform the existing tower lights in architecture without changing the pre-existence. But simply by coating the surface with reflective plates made of acrylic material and incorporating it in an aluminum cylinder. The perforated aluminum panels reflect daylight emphasizing the sheer volume and slender construction and a glimpse of the frame and the silhouette reflective when viewed against the light. At night the lights of the interspace, neon rings positioned behind the aluminum panels, reflectors positioned at the base, creating an extraordinary spectacle transforming the tower into a sort of kaleidoscope: the lights are reflected on the mirrored surfaces of the inner lining and penetrate drilled in the aluminum and then go out into the surrounding environment in the form of endless lighting effects.