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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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