Iconic Projects by Tadao Ando

Tadao Ando is a Japanese self-taught architect whose approach to architecture and landscape was categorized by architectural historian Francesco Dal Co as “critical regionalism“. He is the winner of the 1995 Pritzker Prize. Ando’s architectural style is said to create a “haiku” effect, emphasizing nothingness, and space to represent the beauty of simplicity. He favors designing complex spatial circulation while maintaining the appearance of simplicity.

1. Church of the Light

  • Year: 1989
  • Type: Church
  • Location: Osaka, Japan

Tadao Ando‘s principal focus on simplicity and minimalist aesthetics in the Church of the Light is silencing. The Chapel consists of a rectangular volume of three cubes that are punctured by a wall at a fifteen-degree angle that never actually touches the other walls or ceiling of the chapel. The geometry is nothing more than six walls and a roof, a minimalist endpoint that requires a thoughtful process that is able to eliminate anything else that is not relevant. This church of the light is a simple building that makes the most of what it can, a testament to the phrase “less is more”.

2. Chikatsu Asuka Museum

  • Year: 1994
  • Type: Museum
  • Location: Osaka Prefecture, Japan

The building has been conceived as a hill from which one can see the entire excavated area. The 60 meters wide and 12 meters long stone-paved roof is shaped like an enormous stairway that may be transformed into a stage, outdoor lecture hall, or simply a wide viewing platform.

“The building is intended as a center for exhibiting and studying the culture of the Age of Tumuli, and my proposal was to create an environmental museum that incorporates not only the Tumuli scattered around the site but the natural environment of the burial mounds.” – TADAO ANDO

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