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Tadao Ando: Architecture of Serenity - Naoshima Contemporary Art Museum Hardcover – 1 Apr 2001

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Nature and geometry are expertly united by Tadao Ando resulting in a serene and tranquil architecture. In the years 1988-1995 the Japanese architect Tadao built a museum complex complete with a hotel, restaurant and seminar rooms on the island Naoshima (Kagawa). Constructed out of concrete, its platforms and walls extend far out into the landscape, framing the natural surroundings as a picture. Ando's customary restraint in his selection of materials, and his preference for simple forms which allow the serenity of the surrounding land and seascape to penetrate the rooms are much in evidence in this masterpiece. In this book, Werner Blaser has successfully captured the essence of tranquility so characteristic of Ando's architecture. His photographs are of an extraordinarily beautiful and reflective intensity. Also included is an introductory essay, drawing comparisons to Ando's other buildings which all succeed in combining nature and geometry.

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Von dem Zeitpunkt an, als die Menschen begannen,die ihnen bisonders charakteristische Lebensweise in Gemeinschaften zur Schau zu stellen und ihre jeweils individuellen Lebensraume mit eigenen Handen zu gestalten, hat das Erhalten von Architektur sowie der zeitlichen und raumlichen Kontinuitat ihrer Stadte jedes Zeitalter Oberdauert, und dies hat sich als absolut gultige Regel etabliert. Read the first page
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Simplicity, tranquility, harmony..... 4 Jun. 2012
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Format: Hardcover
Architecture of Silence (text in both German and English) is a collaboration between architect Tadao Ando and photographer Werner Blaser. While providing a brief overview of Ando's career and activities up through 2000, the focus of this monograph is the Naoshima Contemporary Art Museum complex, built in 1988-95. Located on a small island in the Inland Sea of Japan, this project of austere concrete and exquisite stonework perfectly captures the serene essence of Ando's architecture: geometrical lines merge with cylindrical structures where sky, land, sea, and mountains converge.

The post-modernists will undoubtably dismiss Ando's clean modesty of forms as "boring", and minimalists will rave about the introspective interaction between art and nature, and draw comparisons with Mies van der Rohe. Ando is his own man, however, and does not fit neatly into any category or "-ism". Working out of Osaka, his influences are worldwide, his work is adverse to marketing and media hype, and his legacy will be one of timelessness.

Blaser's photographs (mostly in atmospheric black-and-white) effectively illustrate the project's almost spiritual other-worldliness from many different vantage points. The mountains, sea, and sky are always in the background, and Ando's unostentatious lines never detract from Naoshima's natural environment. No monolithic "art cathedral", this museum complex is both solemn yet welcoming, monastic yet invigorating. The intricate stonework alone classifies this project as a must-see masterpiece. Sketches, floor and site plans, and a "thank you" essay from Souichiro Fukutake, the museum's director, are also included.
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