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Ando: Modern Minimalism with a Japanese Touch (Taschen Basic Architecture Series) [Paperback]

Masao Furuyama , Peter Gossel
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23 Nov 2006 Taschen Basic Architecture Series
Philippe Starck describes him as a "mystic in a country which is no longer mystic." Drew Philip calls his buildings "land art" that "struggle to emerge from the earth." He is the only architect to have won the discipline's four most prestigious prizes: the Pritzker, Carlsberg, Praemium Imperiale, and Kyoto Prize. His name is Tadao Ando, and he is one of the world's greatest living architects. Combining influences from Japanese tradition with the best of Modernism, Ando has developed a completely unique building aesthetic that makes use of concrete, wood, water, light, space, and nature in a way that has never been witnessed elsewhere in architecture. This book provides the perfect introduction to Ando's work, including private homes, churches, museums, apartment complexes, and cultural spaces throughout Japan, and in France, Italy, Spain, and the USA.

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  • Paperback: 96 pages
  • Publisher: Taschen GmbH (23 Nov 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 3822848956
  • ISBN-13: 978-3822848951
  • Product Dimensions: 22.9 x 18.5 x 1.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 46,270 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Masao Furuyama studied architecture at Kyoto University and received his doctorate in urban engineering from Tokyo University. He has taught at the Kyoto Institute of Technology, where he has been Vice-President since 2004, and published on the subjects of architecture and Tadao Ando.

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5.0 out of 5 stars The Beauty of Absence 12 Aug 2008
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The slim volume of less than one hundred pages and small format is in a way in harmony with the minimalist aesthetics of the charismatic architect. The book is a distillate of beauty.

The exquisite colour photographs display the magic of the spare aesthetics, elegance and strength of Ando's buildings and surrounding landscape. The accompanying text is succinct and incisive and does justice to the architect and its creations through dissecting and providing a penetrating analysis of the elements that characterize Ando's architecture and individual buildings.

In all, nineteen projects are presented covering a broad spectrum of Ando's work comprising houses, apartment buildings, churches, temples, museums, art foundations, the Japan pavilion expo '92 and the Meditation Space, Unesco.

Three are the primary characteristics in Ando's architecture: the geometry of walls, the geometry of sky and elements derived from the Japanese minimalist aesthetics.

Ando's architecture is an architecture of walls e.g. a freestanding wall, an angled wall piercing a concrete cube or a wall, bisected horizontally, encircling an inner courtyard like a medieval rampart.

Ando employs a limited range of materials and expresses their naked textures. His choice of materials gives his work its characteristic ascetism and tension. His buildings convey a feeling of purity, beauty and strength.

Ando though a master of poured concrete, still relies on natural materials for points that a human being may touch. He invariably uses natural wood for floors, doors, and furniture. As natural materials decay, they become repositories for memory.

Nature, especially the sky, plays a crucial role in Ando's architecture. He abstracts it to his purposes.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Tadao & Taschen 17 May 2012
I was aware this wasn't an in-depth book, but it set me racing for information/research after reading this. It's especially inspiring for those first-year/second-year students out there who are keen to explore, or just those who want to know what it takes to become king of the concrete hill.
I went in to a coffee shop to read it from front to back. Of course I left having finished it, but more importantly I felt nourished. It has a healthy amount of text, with some stunning architectural photography throughout. The breadth of typology/topography will send you racing for more of his work outside of this little gem. Tadao Ando is a master of simplicity. This 'Taschen Basic Architecture Series' follows suit.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Exquisite 2 Mar 2014
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A beautiful book to lift your spirits representing so many beautiful aspects of Japanese culture as to be expected from this architect
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5.0 out of 5 stars amazing summary book 12 Dec 2013
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The book provides you with a good summary of Ando's works. It is an excellent handy book when travelling and I look forward to collect the other Taschen books from the basic collection.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating! 3 April 2013
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Very very interesting - the photos of his work are amazing and the text is enough for an introduction to Ando's work.
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