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Saluting the Career of Japanese Architect Ando Tadao

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The only architect to have won the profession’s four most coveted awards–the Pritzker, Carlsberg, Praemium Imperiale, and Kyoto Prize–Ando Tadao is the master of concrete. A material normally reserved for monotonous institutional buildings, Japan’s 74-year-old Tadao used it to build his own brand of modernism. It’s this rejection of conformity that allowed Tadao to design buildings like the Azuma House (Osaka), the Church of Water (Hokkaido), the Church of Light (Ibaraki), and the Modern Art Museum in Forth Worth, Texas. Spanning his entire career, the new book Ando explores his work from 1975 to 2014 in detail. View a preview of the book below, or order it here. Enjoy Ando discussing his first building in New York City in a video at the bottom.

Church of the Light in Osaka, Japan (Mitsuo Matsuoka)
Church of the Light in Ibaraki, Osaka, Japan (Mitsuo Matsuoka)
Roberto Garza Sada Center for Arts, Architecture, and Design in Monterrey, Mexico (Shigeo Ogawa / TASCHEN)
Roberto Garza Sada Center for Arts, Architecture, and Design in Monterrey, Mexico (Shigeo Ogawa / TASCHEN)
Hansol Museum in Wonju, South Korea (Shigeo Ogawa / TASCHEN)
Hansol Museum in Wonju, South Korea (Shigeo Ogawa / TASCHEN)
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