Date Added: Wednesday 10th October 2007 Nearest Station: Tsukishima
I found out about the Egg of Winds (by architect Toyo Ito) from a little book about architecture in Tokyo called Tokyo, A guide to recent architecture by Noriyuki Tajima. It's a small square book, full of treasures of architecture in and around Tokyo. In fact, one of the original ideas in making this website was to go to each of the places in the book and document them. Part of the book is available online here.
So when I went to see the Egg of Winds (風の卵), I was pretty excited. In the book, Tajima writes "The Egg of Winds was also intended to be a 'floating' dwelling unit surrounded by solid residential buildings. But it's sheltering function was abandoned and it became more of a comment on the ephemeral nature of the city and the lifestyles of its inhabitants" ...and... "In the daytime, surrounded by dull concrete buildings, this metallic object remains mute and inexpressive, but in the evening five computer-controlled projectors inside beam images from five media sources... on to perforated aluminium screens visible on the outside.. [creating] a Blade Runner-like atmosphere".
It sounded great, but when I got there, no-one knew what or where it was. It was only after I asked at the River City koban and actually described it as a big egg, that they pointed me to it. The egg today is tarnished and dirty, covered in bird droppings and largely unnoticed by the residents. In fact, the birds seem to be the only ones enjoying it now and you wonder how long it's going to last. I waited until dusk, but no videos came on. I think that if it got a bit of spit and polish it'd be nice again, but in it's current state it's just an eyesore.