Tadao Ando monograph presents the recent realizations of one of the greatest protagonists of Japanese and international architectural scene. The book opens with a preface by Juhani Pallasmaa and closes with an essay by Tadao Ando. The monograph is organized in four thematic sections which tackle specific topics of Ando’s prolific work: Dwelling – Fundaments of Architecture, Architecture and Nature – Constructing Landscape, Urban Conditions – Strategy of Active Voids and Cross-cultural Dialogues.
Each section, introduced by a short text, includes one featured project or series of projects covered by an extensive essay related to the topic of the section. The author and editor-in-chief is Maroje Mrduljaš and the book features essays by such renowned authors as Juhani Pallasmaa, Karin Šerman, Luka Skansi and Maroje Mrduljaš. The chapters also include several other projects featuring short texts courtesy of Tadao Ando Architect & Associates.
The monograph presents Ando’s seminal works such as Benesse Art Site Naoshima, 21_21 DESIGN SIGHT, Shanghai Poly Theatre, Punta della Dogana, and others. Instead of focusing exclusively on individual projects the book outlines issues and phenomena central to Ando’s work and to the contemporary culture and society. The monograph also includes an extensive interview with Tadao Ando based on discussions conducted in Osaka in 2010 and 2016 that frame the timespan and the topics presented in the monograph.
Monograph design, the work of graphic designer Borjana Katić, is completely inspired by Ando’s poetics. The back and front covers of the book are based on Ando’s landmark signature – concrete with visible traces of formwork – the recorded process of genesis that becomes a shaping quality and reflects Ando’s spirit by a minimalistic and purified form.
Use of tracing paper at the beginning of each chapter gives an impression of airiness and play of light and shadow, which evoke the beam of light at the Chichu Art Museum in Naoshima, as well as the gradual sensory adaptation provided by the design of the architect.
Distinctive typography of the titles of the chapters and topics reflects sequential, authoritative and bold lines of walls that radiate peace and dignity. Subtle typographical play on the title page of the book reveals the name of the architect and is contrasted by effective typography on the spine.
008 The Autonomy of Architecture: Tadao Ando’s Universe of Restraint and Condensation
032 The Real and The Imaginary: Tadao Ando in conversation with Maroje Mrduljaš
Architecture and Nature – Constructing Landscape
058 Introduction to Chapter
060 BENESSE ART SITE NAOSHIWA
134 CHÂTEAU LA COSTE
160 HEOF CHERRY BLOSSOMS CAMPAIGN
170 MUSEUM SAN
190 CLARK CENTER
Urban Conditions – Strategy of Active Voids
208 Introduction to Chapter
210 URBAN VOIDS_OMOTESANSO HILLS
232 21_21 DESIGN SIGHT
246 TOKYU TOYOKO LINE SHIBUYA STATION
256 INTERFACULTY INITIATIVE IN INFORMATION STUDIES FUKUTAKE HALL, THE UNIVERSITY OF TOKYO
268 ASIA MUSEUM OF MODERN ART, ASIA UNIVERSITY
282 SHANGHAI POLY THEATRE
Dwelling – Fundaments of Architecture
308 Introduction to Chapter
310 Tadao Ando. Concrete Points of Authentic Existence
342 HOUSE IN UTSUBO PARK
354 HOUSE IN MOTOAZABU
364 HOUSE IN SRI LANKA
376 HOUSE IN MONTERREY
388 HOUSE IN MALIBU III
402 Introduction to Chapter
404 Tadao Ando and Italy
422 PALAZZO GRASSI
444 PUNTA DELLA DOGANA
464 STONE SCULPTURE MUSEUM
476 BONTE MUSEUM
490 CASA WABI: BOSCO STUDIO & HOUSE
508 Continuing to Tackle the City