The Japanese architect Tadao Ando is a master in his art. Ando’s respectful approach is related to Japan’s unique heritage, which includes the samurai respectful ideals, discipline, and honor to the customs of Japanese society.
Ando accomplishes all his projects with an innate art. Born in 1941 in Osaka, Japan, Ando had a twin brother. When he was two years old, his family separated Ando and his brother and he was then raised by his maternal grandmother.
The Japanese architect Tadao Ando – the self-taught artist
Interesting church of the Japanese architect Tadao Ando
During his teenage years, Ando spent his time building wooden models by learning the craft of the carpenter next door. At the age of 15, he had a short period as a professional boxer. But Ando was an autodidact and thanks to his efforts, he managed to learn from famous designers and urban planners.
Over time, he concentrated on the field of architecture because he believed that architecture makes possible the intimate relationship between matter and form and between volume and human life.
interior of the church
The approach of the Japanese architect to learning is based on experience – He studied architecture by visiting buildings in the cities of Kyoto and Nara: temples, places of pilgrimage, tea houses, and reading architectural books. Ando made study trips across Europe and the United States, where he observed the architecture of the West and made detailed sketches of these trips. Famous architects like Le Corbusier, Mies van der Rohe, Alvar Aalto, Frank Lloyd Wright and Louis Kahn have played a major role in the development of Ando as an architect. In 1969, he created an architecture studio in his hometown Osaka.
This church is in the hometown of the architect
The work Tadao Ando is above all a study of armed concrete. Ando strives to protect her structures by keeping the unity between their physical expression and nature. He said that the purpose of his design was to give a rich sense to spaces through natural elements and many aspects of everyday life. Its concrete is considered to be as smooth as silk. Its quality is accentuated by the formwork wood in which the concrete is poured.
Made in Japan – a nation with a rich carpentry heritage – the coffarge wood is even varnished to give it that smooth finish. Uniformly spaced holes are made in the concrete by bolts used to support the molds. In its finished state, the concrete of Ando becomes at the same time structure and surface that does not need to be colored or hidden.
The church is built on the water
152 Elisabeth Street is the first building of Ando in New York. There, the architect wanted to kiss Manhattan’s metropolis and create a sanctuary – a space where one can retreat and retreat. In keeping with his approach to architecture, Ando worked to create every element of his building – light and shade, water and greenery, steel and glass – all in perfect harmony
The museum of modern art in Texas by Ando
Ando receives a lot of architecture awards including the Pritzker Prize in 1995 and in 2016 he receives the Isamu Naguchi Prize. The Isamu Naguchi Prize is given to those who share the spirit of innovation, planetary awareness and exchange between East and West of the American architect Isamu Naguchi. Ando’s minimalist approach, his sensitivity to light, the incorporation of natural elements and his work with concrete embody many of Noguchi’s principles.
The building 152 Elizabeth Street in New York
The architect’s collaboration with Carl Hansen & Son is a very beautiful part of Ando’s heritage. He imagined and designed the chair called The Dream Chair – a very beautiful architectural piece of furniture. This chair embodies at the same time Danish craftsmanship and Japanese tradition. Ando developed the chair using an approach similar to the one he uses in architecture. He decided to work fully with plywood for the creation of this chair. It is made from 3D plywood and its curvature is pushed to the extreme to obtain its extraordinary design.
The exterior of the building in New York
Ando believes that a product must be made from only one material for resource conservation and minimal environmental impact. His work often complements Nordic design and Ando has a great respect for the Danish designer Hans J. Wegner. The Chair The Dream Chair is Ando’s tribute to Wegner, a designer who explores the structural possibilities of materials himself. Ando’s desire is that his architectural forms offer an immersive physical experience. He describes architecture as “a box that provokes” and believes that architecture can, even a little bit, direct the way people live their lives.
The building is made in concrete and glass
Private residence Casa Wabi by Ando
The residence is built in concrete with a wooden roof