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ISLANDS OF THE MIND

The Benesse House Museum and Hotel (Naoshima, Kagawa, Japan, 1990-92; oval: 1994-95; page 190) is located on an elevated cape at the southern end of the relatively unspoiled part of Naoshima island, in the Inland Sea of Japan…

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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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LAND OF WOOD

Although of course known for his masterful handling of concrete, Tadao Ando has experimented with wood in several interesting buildings that point toward a fundamental aspect of his work: his close attachment to the land and history of Japan…

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