Preview: Tadao Ando complete works 1975-today

posted on Monday, 5th November 2018 by Chris Jenkins

Architecture  Book 

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Tadao Ando, born in 1941, is one of the world’s most renowned contemporary architects, and the only one to ever have won the discipline’s four most prestigious prizes: the Pritzker, Carlsberg, Praemium Imperiale, and Kyoto Prize.
 
Philippe Starck defined him as a “mystic in a country which is no longer mystic.” Philip Drew called his buildings “land art” as they “struggle to emerge from the earth.” Ando’s designs have been described as “haiku crafted from concrete, water, light, and space”. But Ando speaks of true architecture as being expressed not in metaphysics or beauty, but rather through space that embodies physical wisdom.

"Ando speaks of true architecture as being expressed not in metaphysics or beauty, but rather through space that embodies physical wisdom."

Taschen’s Ando – Complete Works 1975-Today is an incisive overview of the modernist master’s oeuvre. Through photographs and architectural drawings, the tribute sheds light on classic works, and new projects such as the Shanghai Poly Grand Theater and the Clark Center at Clark Art Institute in Williamstown, Massachusetts.
 
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The 740-page, 30.8x39cm book profiles each project through photographs and architectural drawings to explore Ando’s unprecedented use of concrete, wood, water, light, space, and natural forms. Featuring designs from award-winning private homes, churches, museums, and apartment complexes to cultural spaces throughout Japan, Korea, France, Italy, Spain, and the USA, the book is a multilingual edition in English, French and German. Cost is £135.
 
Also available at £1,100 and limited to 100 copies is an Art Edition, accompanied by a sketch of the site-specific installation Walter De Maria at Chichu Art Museum, Naoshima, on Japanese rice paper, signed by Ando, and packaged in a red leather box he designed. For more visit taschen.com
 

Chris Jenkins

Inside ID contributor Chris Jenkins is a freelance technology and industry journalist working for a wide range of consumer and B2B magazines and websites

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