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Azuma House, at Osaka, Japan, 1976. * 3D Model *
Festival, at Naha Okinawa, Japan, 1984. * 3D Model *
Rokko Housing One, at Rokko Kobe, Japan, 1983. * 3D Model *
Time's 1, at Kyoto, Japan, 1983 to 1984 at ArchitectureWeek
Children's Museum, at Himeji, Hyogo, Japan, 1988 to 1989
Time's 2, at Kyoto, Japan, 1986 to 1991
Rokko Housing Two, at Rokko Kobe, Japan, 1985 to 1993
Naoshima Contemporary Art Museum, at Naoshima, Japan, 1989 to 1992, 1997 at ArchitectureWeek
Pulitzer Foundation for the Arts, at St. Louis, Missouri, 2001 at ArchitectureWeek
Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, at Fort Worth, Texas, 2002 at ArchitectureWeek
(b. Osaka, Japan 1941)
Tadao Ando was born in Osaka, Japan in 1941. Unlike most contemporary architects, Ando did not receive any formal architectural schooling. Instead, he trained himself by reading and traveling extensively through Africa, Europe, and the United States. In 1970 he established Tadao Ando Architect & Associates.
Ando rejects the rampant consumerism visible within much of today's architecture. He responds both sensitively and critically to the chaotic Japanese urban environment, but maintains a connection to the landscape. Although Ando rejects cultural fads, he uses materials and forms to incorporate the materialism of modern society into his architecture. Accordingly, his concrete and glass buildings reflect, the modern progress underway in both Japan and the world.
In opposition to traditional Japanese architecture, Ando creates spaces of enclosure rather than openness. He uses walls to establish a human zone and to counter the monotony of commercial architecture. On the exterior, the wall deflects the surrounding urban chaos, while on the interior it encloses a private space.
Ando developed a radically new architecture characterized by the use of unfinished reinforced concrete structures. Using a geometric simplicity which reveals a subtlety and richness in spatial articulation, Ando has generated an architecture that shares the serenity and clarity that characterize traditional Japanese architecture.
Pritzker Architecture Prize, 1995
Tadao Ando Architect & Associates
|Resources||Sources on Tadao Ando|
"Tadao Ando UIA Gold Medal", by ArchitectureWeek, ArchitectureWeek No. 243, 2005.0608, p1.
"Tadao Ando AIA Gold Medal", by William Lebovich, ArchitectureWeek No. 83, 2002.0123, p1.
"Ando's New Modern", by Elizabeth Bollinger, ArchitectureWeek No. 130, 2003.0115, p1.
Francesco Dal Co (Editor). Tadao Ando : Complete Works. Phaidon, April 1998. ISBN 0-7148-3717-2. Available at Amazon.com
Philip Jodidio. Tadao Ando. Taschen, 1999. ISBN 3-8228-6731-4. Available at Amazon.com
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Tadao Ando Pritzker Prize Several pages of good background information, at the Pritzker Prize site.
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