The architect Japanese Tadao Ando is a master in his art. Ando's respectful approach is related to Japan's unique heritage that includes the ideals of samurai respect, discipline, and honor to the customs of Japanese society.
Ando accomplishes all his projects with an innate art. Born in 1941 in Osaka, Japan, Ando had a twin brother. When he was two years old, his family separated Ando and his brother, and he was subsequently raised by his maternal grandmother.
Interesting church of Japanese architect Tadao Ando
During his teenage years, Ando spent his time building wooden models by learning the craft of the carpenter next door. At the age of 15, he had a short spell as a professional boxer. But Ando was an autodidact and thanks to his efforts, he managed to learn from famous designers and urban planners. With time, he concentrated on the field of architecture because he believed that architecture makes possible the intimate relationship between matter and form and between volume and human life.
The interior of the church
The approach of the Japanese architect to learning is based on experience - he did architectural studies by visiting buildings in the cities of Kyoto and Nara: temples, pilgrimage sites, tea houses, and reading books architecture. Ando took study tours across Europe and the United States, where he observed Western architecture and made detailed sketches of these trips. Famous architects such as Le Corbusier, Mies van der Rohe, Alvar Aalto, Frank Lloyd Wright and Louis Kahn played a major role in the development of Ando as an architect. In 1969, he created an architecture studio in his hometown Osaka.
This church is in the architect's home town
The work of Tadao Ando is mainly a study of reinforced concrete. Ando strives to protect his structures by maintaining unity between their physical expression and nature. He said that the purpose of his design was to give rich meaning to spaces through natural elements and many aspects of everyday life. Its concrete is considered to be as smooth as silk. Its quality is accentuated by the formwork wood in which the concrete is poured. Made in Japan - a nation with a rich woodworking heritage - the wood of Coffarge is even varnished to give it that smooth finish. Evenly spaced holes are made in the concrete by bolts used to support the molds. In its finished state, Ando's concrete becomes at the same time structure and surface that does not need to be colored or hidden.
The church is built on the water
152 Elisabeth Street is the first Ando building in New York. There the architect wanted to embrace the metropolis of Manhattant and create a sanctuary - a space where one can withdraw and reflect. In keeping with his approach to architecture, Ando worked to create every element of his building - light and shade, water and greenery, steel and glass - all in perfect harmony.
The Museum of Modern Art in Texas by Ando
Ando receives a lot of architecture prices including the price Pritzker in 1995 and in 2016 he received the Isamu Naguchi Prize. The Isamu Naguchi Prize is given to those who share the spirit of innovation, global awareness and exchange between East and West of the American architect Isamu Naguchi. Ando's minimalist approach, his sensitivity to light, the incorporation of natural elements and his work with concrete embody many of Noguchi's principles.
152 Elizabeth Street Building in New York
The architect's collaboration with Carl Hansen & Son is a beautiful part of Ando's heritage. He imagined and designed the chair called The Dream Chair - a beautiful piece of architectural furniture. This chair embodies both Danish craftsmanship and Japanese tradition. Ando developed the chair using an approach similar to the one he uses in architecture. He decided to work entirely with plywood for the creation of this chair. It is made from 3D plywood and its curvature is pushed to the extreme to obtain its extraordinary design.
The exterior of the building in New York
Ando believes that a product must be made from only one material for resource conservation and minimal environmental impact. His work often complements Nordic design and Ando has a great respect for the Danish designer Hans J. Wegner. The Chair The Dream Chair is Ando's tribute to Wegner, a designer who explores the structural possibilities of materials himself. Ando's desire is that his architectural forms offer an immersive physical experience. He describes architecture as "a box that causes" and believes that architecture can, even a little bit, lead the way people live their lives.
The building is made of concrete and glass
Private Residence Casa Wabi by Ando
The residence is built in concrete with a wooden roof