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Architect Tadao Ando
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Location Osaka, Japan   map
Date 1976   timeline
Building Type row house, small house
 Construction System concrete
Climate semitropical
Context dense urban
Style Modern
Notes A very small house in a narrow slot site, with rooms at front and back connected by open-air bridge through courtyard.






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In a dense, urban core of Osaka row-houses, Ando inserted a simple, narrow concrete rectangular residence. With spaces flanking an interior courtyard, there is an attempt to return the 'contact with light, air, rain, and other natural elements' to the Japanese life-style. "In addition to providing light and serving as the focal point of family life, this small court is a spatial entity that attempts to compensate for the reduced physical space." It attempts to reinstate a traditional model using a modern vocabulary.

— Darlene Levy. drawn from Kenneth Frampton, ed. Tadao Ando: Buildings Projects Writings. p26.

The Creator's Words

"In its simple but rich spatial composition, in its expression of enclosure, and in the way light gives character to daily-life spaces, this house encapsulates an image of my architecture."

— Tadao Ando. Tadao Ando, Buildings Projects Writings. New York: Rizzoli, 1984. p26.


Site area: 57 sq meters
Building area: 34 sq meters
Total floor area: 65 sq meters
term of planning: 1/1975-8/1975
term of construction: 10/1975-2/1976

site area: 57.28 sq. meters
total floor area: 64.72 sq. meters

Sources on Azuma House

Francesco Dal Co, Ed. Tadao Ando : Complete Works. Phaidon/Chronicle Books, April 1998. ISBN 0-7148-3717-2.   Available at

Kenneth Frampton, ed. Tadao Ando: buildings, projects and writings. New York: Rizzoli International Publications, 1984. ISBN 0-8478-0547-6. NA1559.A5A4 1984. exterior photos, p26, 27. context photo, p27. interior photo, p27. section perspective, p28. axonometric drawing, p29. plan drawings, p28, 29.

Werner Blaser, ed. Tadao Ando: Sketches. Berlin: Birkhauser Verlag Basel, 1990. ISBN 0-8176-2327-2. NA2707.A53 A4 1990. p165.

Kevin Matthews. The Great Buildings Collection on CD-ROM. Artifice, 2001. ISBN 0-9667098-4-5.— Available at  Find books about Azuma House


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