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Toyo Ito's Sendai Mediatheque received this year's Good Design Grand Prize

Japanese Good Design Award's final public judging was held on 30th October,
at Tokyo Prince Hotel. Six works had been nominated for this year's Grand
Prize; Toyota Soarer, "Mino Re: Shokki" recycled kitchenware, Yamaha's
removal pool "SWIM21", project of "Small Fish" concert for hearing-impaired
children, Nike's online order system "Nike iD", and "Sendai Mediatheque" by
architect Toyo Ito. Juries, include product designer Kazuo Kawasaki as
Chairman discussed which works was good enough for Grand Prize in front of
an audience. And finally they selected Sendai Mediatheque.

Sendai Mediatheque(smt), opened January 2001, provides a base for activities
related to art and films, as well as public facilities that help people
communicate with each other freely and smoothly through various media. This
seven-story building, supported with 13 steel tubes, is used as gallery,
library, and theater now. In spite of bizarre appearance, Smt was accepted
by people in Sendai city soon because this building is functional and
comfortable. Over 3,000 people come and spend long time everyday.

Good Design Award

Sendai Mediatheque

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