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JAPAN PAST AND PRESENT

As Philip Drew writes: “Ando conceived his buildings almost as Land Art, buried places that struggle to emerge from the earth, which by their struggle dramatize the encounter between architecture and nature. “7 Although this tendency to view buildings as a form of Land Art is even more strongly expressed in projects such as the Benesse House, Ando’s Chikatsu-Asuka Historical Museum provides strong evidence of his attachment not only to the land, but also to the ancient history of Japan.

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HOMES FOR THE SPIRIT

When asked if he is religious, Tadao Ando replies: “I feel that the goal of most religions is similar, to make men happier and more at ease with themselves. I see no contradiction in my designing Christian churches. “Indeed, Ando has built a number of Christian chapels and other houses of worship and contemplation. In […]

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THE SIMPLICITY OF PERFECTION

The first impression created by Tadao Ando’s architecture is that of its materiality. His powerful concrete walls set a limit. Beyond this point there is no passage but that which is opened by his will. A second impression of Tadao Ando’s architecture is its tactility. Hard walls seem soft to the touch. They exclude then enclose, admitting light, wind, and the passing visitor, who leaves behind the disorder of everyday existence to be sheltered in a realm of stillness. A third impression of Tadao Ando’s architecture is its emptiness. Within, only light and space surround the visitor.

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