Intervista con l’architetto Tadao Ando, di Tadao Ando Architect & Associates (Osaka, Giappone), selezionato per la 15. Mostra Internazionale di Architettura.
Interview with the architect Tadao Ando, of Tadao Ando Architect & Associates (Osaka, Japan), selected to participate in the 15th International Architecture Exhibition.
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Tadao Ando is introduced by Michael Rotondi.
George Kunihiro provides live translation.
Ando criticizes the modern movement for not thinking of the user, and the postmodernist movement for its superficiality. He characterizes his goal as reintroducing expression into modernist architecture, taking into account regional context, and a connection with nature.
Ando describes a number of his early houses. They are all small, and contain courtyards to bring in light and a connection with nature. Ando is interested in how light creates shadows in these simple dwellings, and how it can be a signal of human activity at night.
Ando describes a housing complex on Mt. Rokko. Building on a hillside is challenging, but it enabled all the dwellings to have a great view. He also created public spaces in the middle of the complex. It was such a success that Phase II, and phase III were designed and built.
Ando describes the design of the Festival Shopping center in Naha. He describes how he created three-dimensional vertical circulation space in the atrium, and how he used daylighting.
Ando describes the Times building in downtown Kyoto, and its relationship to the adjacent river.
Ando describes two tea houses he has designed, which he considers a pure expression of his architectural ambitions. The first is entirely made of concrete, while the second is very small and made entirely of plywood. Both structures have a minimal aesthetic and play with daylighting.
He also shows the daylighting in his office at various times of the day, to emphasize his interest in lighting effects.