Tower of Winds
Yokohama, Japan

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Pioneering concepts
The „Tower of Winds“created by Japanese architect Toyo Ito in 1986 in Yokohama is considered to be the first media façade with a meaning attached to it. A ventilation tower 21 metres in height belonging to an underground shopping mall was clad with an oval aluminium cylinder shell. Neon rings, cold light and flood light between this new outer jacket and the interior make the tower seem a built-up object in the daytime due to reflexion. As the sun sets, the lamps react, illuminating the tower.