Tadao Ando, zen to infinity.
His buildings breathe with a special aura. They are breathtaking and yet simple. The fact of being self-taught makes him impressively unique. How did a former boxer become a world leading architect?
Born in 1941 in Osaka, Ando abandoned boxing to pursue architecture without going to University.
Combining traditional Japanese influences with Modernism design, Ando developed a unique building language using wood, water, light and space, all in harmony with nature.
His minimalist, monochrome concrete buildings inspire a feeling of austerity and understated elegance.
Heavily influenced by Zen Philosophy, Ando puts heart and soul into every project.
They are truly awe-inspiring as much as his poetic landmark names: Church of Light, Water Temple…
In Tokyo, he designed Skytree, the second highest world building (2008).
He specialises in museums such as Fort Worth (Texas), Francois Pinaud (Paris), Lange Foundation (Neuss, Germany), Punta Dogana (Venice), Hyogo and Naoshima Museums (Japan)…
His work is known for a creative use of natural structures and sunlight, following natural environment forms.
Complex three-dimensional circulation paths, weaving between interior and exterior spaces, become contemplation routes.
His work has a Haiku effect and is deeply tied to Zen philosophy.
In 1995 he founded Momo-Kaki-Orphans Fund, to educate earthquake and tsunami orphans.
He believes that we are a huge family whose responsibility is to care for each other.
Tadao Ando is indeed more than a great architect. He is also a deeply concerned human being.