This publication presents Sports Complex, Galaxy Toyama and Odwawara Gymnasium, two projets from the early 1990s by Japanese Architect Shoei Yoh.
For these two large public gymnasium facilities, developed in the same period around 1991, Shoei Yoh paid special attention to the design of the roof. For both Odawara and Galaxy Toyama the regular geometry of the ground floor, often determined by the form and size of the different sports fields, is juxtaposed with a fluid three-dimensional membrane that covers the entire complex. Acquiring an almost textile-like quality, the roof is in fact a non-standard wireframe structure composed of individual steel rods and joints; a system evolved from previous research Yoh conducted with prefabricated assembled construction techniques, in particular the MERO system.
As part of a multiyear project that includes three exhibitions on twenty-five seminal projects, the CCA and Greg Lynn are publishing a series of digital publications recording conversations with key architects. The epubs are heavily illustrated with photos, drawings, renderings, videos, PDFs, and interactive 3D models.