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Tadao Ando

Tadao Ando

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Tadao Ando ( And Tadao?

, born September 13, 1941, in Osaka, Japan) is a Japanese architect whose approach to architecture was once categorized as critical regionalism. Ando has led a storied life, working as a truck driver and boxer prior to settling on the profession of architecture, despite never having taken formal training in the field. He works primarily in exposed cast-in-place concrete and is renowned for an exemplary craftsmanship which invokes a Japanese sense of materiality, junction and spatial narrative through the pared aesthetics of international modernism. In 1969, he established the firm Tadao Ando Architects & Associates. In 1995, Ando won the Pritzker Architecture Prize, considered the highest distinction in the field of architecture.[1] He donated the $100,000 prize money to the orphans of the 1995 Kobe earthquake.[2]


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Tadao Ando's body of work is known for the creative use of natural light and for architectures that follow the natural forms of the landscape (rather than disturbing the landscape by making it conform to the constructed space of a building). The architect's buildings are often characterized by complex three-dimensional circulation paths. These paths interweave between interior and exterior spaces formed both inside large-scale geometric shapes and in the spaces between them.

Rokko Housing One and Two

is an early work that begins to show elements of his characteristic style. It consists of three equally sized rectangular volumes: two enclosed volumes of interior spaces separated by an open courtyard."[3] Like Ando. a small two-story.[3] New York Times architectural critic Paul Goldberger argues convincingly that "Ando is right in the Japanese tradition: spareness has always been a part of Japanese architecture. and like Ando's several Hy go-Awaji buildings. just outside Kobe. By nature of the courtyard's position between the two interior volumes. the alternatives of open and closed. is a complex warren of terraces and balconies and atriums and shafts. [and] it is not for nothing that Frank Lloyd Wright more freely admitted to the influences of Japanese architecture than of anything American. Ando's housing complex at Rokko. The designs for Rokko Housing One (1983) and for Rokko Housing Two (1993) illustrate a range of issues in the traditional architectural vocabulary²the interplay of solid and void. cast-in-place concrete house completed in 1976.Hyogo Prefectural Museum of Art His "Row House in Sumiyoshi" (Azuma House. More significantly. Ando's noteworthy achievement in these clustered buildings is site specific²the structures survived undamaged after the Great Hanshin Earthquake of 1995.[4] . Wright's Imperial Hotel in Tokyo did survive the Great Kanto Earthquake of 1923. Wright's site specific decision-making anticipated seismic activity. it becomes an integral part of the house's circulation system. ). the contrasts of light and darkness. at least since the 16th century.

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