Tadao Ando
By Francesco Dal Co

May 13, 2003 /
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"Architecture not only mirrors the times; it must also offer criticism of the times. It represents an autonomous system of thought. To think architecturally is not merely to deal with external conditions or to solve functional problems. I am convinced that architects must train themselves to ask fundamental questions, to give free rain to their individual architectural imaginations, and to consider people, life, history, tradition and climate. We must create architectural spaces in which man can experience - as he does with poetry or music - surprise, discovery, intellectual stimulation, peace and joy of life"
Tadao Ando

This Spring Tadao Ando became the 59th recipient of the AIA gold medal; the highest honor conferred by the American architectural establishment.

The book, a comprehensive monograph of Ando's work, examines over one hundred buildings and projects designed between 1969 - 94, illustrated by photographs, plans and exquisite sketches.


Sketch for Times II building, Kyoto (1991)

Francesco Dal Co introduces this detailed survey, which ranges from the smallest of Ando's private houses from the 1970's to such major commisions as the Church on the Water, Hokkaido (1981), the Japanese Pavilion for Expo 92 in Seville, and the Naoshima Contemporary Art Museum (1992). A selection of Ando's own writings over the past fifteen years are also featured, giving an insight into the development of this unique architect's work. An interview with Hiroshi Maruyama accompanies a selection of essays by a range of respected International critics including Peter Eisenman, Kenneth Frampton, Vittorio Magnago Lampugnani and Fredric Jameson.


Photo: Mitsuo Matsuoka

Church on the Water, Hokkaido (1981)

Covered in snow from December to April, the area becomes a beautiful white expanse of land. Water has been diverted from a nearby river, and a man-mane pond 90x45 meters has been created. The depth of the pond was carefully set so that the surface of the water would be subtlu affected by the wind, and even a slight breeze would cause ripples./Tadao Ando

Photo: Hiroshi Ueda

Naoshima Contemporary Art Museum (1992)

For an architect, creator in a barren land, building structures is the projection of his strong commitment to the future. What matters most is the intensity of that commitment as reflected in the architecture. Only when a building opens up a new world does it provide truly fresh stimulation./Tadao Ando

photo-5.jpgKoshino House, Ashiya (1984)

Light is the origin of all being. Striking the surface of things, light grants them an outline; gathering shadows behind things, it gives them depth. Things are articulated around borders of light and darkness, and obtain their individual form, discovering interrelationships, and become infinitely linked."/Tadao Ando

Photo-6.jpgKoshino House, Ashiya (1984)


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Vitra Seminar House, Weil am Rhein, Germany

A site has a distinct field of force that affects man. The field is a language, yet not a language. The logic of nature affects one subjectively, and becomes clear only to those who seriously attempt to perceive it. Architecture is ultimately a question of how one responds to these demands made by the land./Tadao Ando

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Ando's nature signature in the cement wall at Vitra.

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Last updated: December 19, 2013

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