The impulse for the creation of 21_21 Design Sight originated during the Isamu Noguchi exhibition in New York. Designer Issey Miyake, architect Tadao Ando and sculptor Noguchi talked about the need for a place where Japanese design could be discovered, promoted and shared.
Tadao Ando wanted to create a building which would be representative of Japan: «Working from the theme of an architectural design rooted in the inspiration of encounters with discovery, we place the main thrust of the structure underground, in a design that created airy and graceful space above ground. This incorporated the desire to use the power of design as a pointer in bringing forth a new cultural stronghold to intricately shape and shade the Japan of the 21st century.»
The name 21_21 Design Sight was derived from a logical conclusion: in English perfect sight is described as «20/20 vision» and a sharp eye combined with perceptive insight is essential to the creation of good design. The name hints at the fact that looking beyond the here and now to the future is essential to the design process.
Architect: Tadao Ando
Location: Roppongi, Tokyo Midtown, Tokyo, Japan
Date: June 7th, 2007
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