NTT architect Toyo Ito once attended an open-air concert while traveling in Portugal. There he experienced a true melding of performance and audience capturing the joy of music as ritual. Inspired by this lively occasion, Ito crafted “architecture that can be listened to.” From its contours to the interconnecting sound caves and apertures, his design allows the arts to flow freely throughout the facility, becoming part of daily life.
In Ito’s mind, the NTT’s exterior is an “organic” space far surpassing architecture’s conventional lines and squares. Using non-geometrical lines from nature, Ito aims to rekindle human power and creativity long inhibited by geometric spaces. Thus, undulating curved walls unfold into sonorous spaces large and small, where natural transformations awaken visitors’ senses and instincts. Monumental glass walls, along with seemingly boundless interior space, fuses exterior and interior to create an open structure akin to nature, allowing light, air, water and sounds to flow freely, intertwining with art to transcend impressions of time and space.