Nov 24, 2009
He was a truck driver and boxer, he taught himself architecture as he didn't like school and preferred to study his way, visiting and analyzing the works. Tadao Ando has consolidated his name by performing an architecture that's pure, allowing the user to experience space and nature in his works.
Tadao Ando was born in Osaka, Japan, on September 13, 1941 and was raised by his grandmother. At 10 to 17 years of age, he worked with a local carpenter where he learned to work with wood, building model airplanes and ships.
School-wise, Tadao chose his own method of learning, outside the classroom through visits to buildings in the region and always with a lot of reading about architecture. He studied architecture at his own pace and also visited other customs, cultures and buildings in Europe and North America.
“I was never a good student. I always preferred learning things on my own outside of class. When I was about 18, I started to visit temples, shrines and tea houses in Kyoto and nara; There's a lot of great traditional architecture in the area. I was studying architecture by going to see actual building, and reading books about them.”
Architecture had taken over his mind at 15 when he bought a book of drawings by Le Corbusier. Tadao went over the sketches of the book until the paper become black and while drawing, he thought about how he had arrived at that concept, which would have arisen those brilliant solutions.
In addition to Le Corbusier, the books purchased by Tadao were from the likes of Mies Van der Rohe, Alvar Aalto, Loius Kahn and Frank Lloyd Wright.
Certainly his experiences in North America and Europe helped Tadao Ando to form ideas and concepts about architecture and what he could do in his projects. In 1969 he founded the firm "Tadao Ando Architect & Associates."
Tadao established in his work relationships between three main elements: order, people, and emotive force. He does this very well by using natural elements such as light, which is an important factor in all his projects, the sky and the wind.
Azuma House, Osaka, Japan
Rokko Residential Conjunction, Kobe, Japan
Church of the Light, Osaka, Japan
Church on the Water, Tomamu, Japan
Langen Foundation, Neuss, Germany
“As an architect you have to do your best work for any project, but for me the most satisfying thing is when architecture can do something to make people's lives better, to inspire them.”
Atelier in Oyodo, Osaka, Japan
Modern Art Museum of Forth Worth, Forth Worth, USA
The Pulitzer Foundation for the Arts, St Louis, USA
Armani World Headquarters, Milan, Italy
Vitra Seminar House, Weil am Rhein, Germany
Stone Hill Center, Williamstown, USA
Water Temple, Awaji Island, Japan
Museum of Wood Culture, Kami, Japan
Koshino House, Hyogo, Japan
Japan Pavillion, Expo `92, Sevilha, Spain
Ryotaro Shiba Memorial Museum, Higashiosaka, Japan
“... in my life I have done many things, at one time I was a boxer... I was never a good student. I always preferred learning things on my own.”
Awaji-Yumebutai, Hyogo Prefecture, Japan