Spain - Barcelona - Toyo Ito facade The story goes that famous Japanese Architect Toyo Ito initially turned down the commission to redesign this facade on the Passeig de Gràcia, Barcelona. When he realised it was almost opposite Gaudis Casa Mila (La Pedrera) he quickly changed his mind. Barcelona, Spain - Toyo Ito
The Liyuan Library, 2hrs outside of Beijing. With a concept for a serenity-focused public space in mind, the library's designers used the mountain landscape as inspiration. The resulting building is constructed from sticks gathered in the village and lets in only natural light, helping the modest structure blend into its surroundings.