Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Tadao Ando: There

Tadao Ando is one of my favorite present day architects. My love began with a visit to the Pulitzer Foundation for the Arts in St. Louis, Missouri, his first public building in the United States. Though my trip to Japan was short and unplanned, I did seek out a few of his projects in his native country. Architecture Week has called his buildings "a continuous play of light on concrete" and he is noted for his attention for materiality, particularly concrete.

21-21 Design Site, Tokyo, 2007.

Exterior view of sunken, 2 story gallery space.

Passage in the middle of the building frames the view of the modern Midtown Development to the West.

Roof and wall in one: drainage channels built into smooth metal roof.
View of gallery and gift shop areas, where the wall and the roof are one in the same.

Curtain wall reflection against Ando's signature concrete wall.

Times Gallery, 1991, Kyoto, Japan. High-end shops and salons arranged artfully on a compact city lot.

View from main entry, city waterway to the left and businesses on the right.
View from Main Street. (Click on photo for credit)
Covered public walkway.

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