The Tadao touch
Ando’s complete works to date 1975-2012
Philippe Starck describes him as a “mystic in a country which is
no longer mystic.” Philip Drew calls his buildings “land art” as they
“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 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 in architecture. His designs include award-winning
private homes, churches, museums, apartment complexes, and cultural
spaces throughout Japan, as well as in France, Italy, Spain, and the
USA. This book, created at the height of Ando’s illustrious
career, and thoroughly updated for this new 2012 edition, presents his
complete works to date.
(born 1954) studied art history and economics at Harvard, and edited Connaissance des Arts
for over 20 years. His books include TASCHEN’s Architecture Now!
and monographs on Tadao Ando, Norman Foster, Richard Meier, Jean
Nouvel, and Zaha Hadid. He is internationally renowned as one of the
most popular writers on the subject of architecture.