About the Exhibition
Exhibition Overview
We will be welcoming the world-renowned architect Toyo Ito to hold an exhibition titled “The Making of the Taichung Metropolitan Opera House 2005–2014” in marking the 150th exhibition at TOTO GALLERY·MA.

This exhibition focused on the Taichung Metropolitan Opera House project that is currently nearing completion will feature models, drawings, documentary footage, and a wall-section mock-up to show how the project has developed since it was selected as the winning proposal in a competition held in 2005.

In the competition for Sendai Mediatheque (Sendai, Miyagi, 2001) held in 1995, Toyo Ito presented a daring proposal to create large open spaces by making flat floor slabs pierced by 13 tree-like structural tubes. The completed building continues to receive high praise internationally. In the Taichung Metropolitan Opera House competition in 2005, Ito proposed to create spaces formulated based on his concept of the “emerging grid,” which embodies a highly complex and rich system of order, and he was selected as the designer of the project. After overcoming many challenges, Ito’s endeavor to realize the innovative organism-like structure composed of three-dimensionally curved surfaces is now finally approaching its finale.
TOTO GALLERY·MA

Images from the Exhibit
© Nacása & Partners Inc.
© Nacása & Partners Inc.
© Nacása & Partners Inc.
© Nacása & Partners Inc.
© Nacása & Partners Inc.
© Nacása & Partners Inc.
© Nacása & Partners Inc.
© Nacása & Partners Inc.
© Nacása & Partners Inc.
© Nacása & Partners Inc.
Photographed Scenes
[1] Structure concept model
©Toyo Ito & Associates, Architects
[2] Truss wall reinforcing, Taichung Metropolitan Opera House construction site (2013/3)
©Kai Nakamura
[3] Roof garden, Taichung Metropolitan Opera House construction site (2013/12)
©Kai Nakamura
[4] Foyer, Taichung Metropolitan Opera House construction site (2014/1)
©Kai Nakamura
[5] Playhouse, Taichung Metropolitan Opera House construction site (2014/1)
©Hiroyasu Sakaguchi A to Z
[6] Entrance hall, Taichung Metropolitan Opera House construction site (2014/5)
© Toyo Ito & Associates, Architects
[7] Taichung Metropolitan Opera House construction site (Taichung, Taiwan, 2014/6/11)
© Kentauros Yasunaga / parade inc. (amana group)
[8] Taichung Metropolitan Opera House construction site (Taichung, Taiwan, 2014/6/11)
© Kentauros Yasunaga / parade inc. (amana group)
Exhibition Information
Date
Friday, October 17 – Saturday, December 20, 2014
Open
11:00 – 18:00
Closed on Sundays and Mondays except 10/26 (Sun), 10/27 (Mon), 11/2 (Sun), and 11/3 (Mon/Public Holiday)
Admission
Free
Organized by
TOTO GALLERY·MA
Planned by
TOTO GALLERY·MA Planning and Management Committee
Special Advisor: Tadao Ando
Members: Waro Kishi, Hiroshi Naito, Kazuyo Sejima*, Erwin Viray
* On Aug. 1, Kazuyo Sejima became a member of the TOTO GALLERY·MA Planning & Management Committee in place of Kenya Hara
Supported by
Tokyo Society of Architects and Building Engineers
Tokyo Association of Architectural Firms
The Japan Institute of Architects Kanto-Koshinetsu Chapter
Kanto Chapter, Architectural Institute of Japan.
With Special Support from
Taichung City Government.
Thanks to
Asahi Building-Wall Co.,Ltd.; Lee Ming Construction Co.,Ltd.; Da-Ju Architects Associates; Micro Museum Lab Inc.; Arup.