Toyo Ito is one of the most innovative and influential architects. Born in Japan in 1941, graduated from the Tokyo University Department of Architecture in 1965. His work is the result of an incessant, consistent quest for a new architecture trying to match the contemporary information society, in which flux and flow of people, information, commodities, dialogues, etc. are nearly invisibly present. The Bruges 2002 pavilion on the Burg is soft, almost non-architecture and recalls the former presence of the destroyed cathedral (on exactly the same location) and suggests the fourth side of the square as it used to be in medieval times. The circular pond, its shape referring to the octagonal foundations of an old Carlingian church, reminds delicately to the place of birth of the city of Bruges in the ninth century. The bridge – a floating pier – follows the longitudinal direction of the cathedral. It takes on the former axis, perpendicular to and therefore closing off the present pedestrian passageway. Temporary in character, it is the wish of Toyo Ito that the pavilion will keep on living in the minds of the people of Bruges, long after its existence.