All Quotes, Tadao Ando

25+ Architect Tadao Ando Quotes


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Tadao Ando is a self-taught Pritzker Prize-winner architect from Japan. Ando was a boxer in his early life and later focused on architecture inspired by the Frank Lloyd Wright-designed Imperial Hotel in Tokyo. Tadao Ando is widely considered a master architect and known for his zen philosophical influence on his designs.

Ando traveled across Russia, Asia, Africa, and Europe to watch and experience global architecture in his early 20's. In his words, the journey changed his perspective and taught him to think differently. Though he never achieved any professional degree in architecture he managed to gain vast knowledge about architecture and the design process.

He has created his own designing language and methods of thinking. Religion is a dominant element of his works. To date, Ando created numerous masterpieces. The Church of the Light, Honpuku Temple, Pulitzer Arts Foundation and the Hyogo Prefectural Museum of Art are some of the most notable works of Tadao Ando.

He has been awarded many prominent international prizes and honored with many national honors. In the year 1995 Ando was awarded the Pritzker Architecture Prize for his world-famous work Church of the Light. In 2010 the Emperor of Japan honored him with the Bunka-kunshō( the Order of Culture) for his contributions towards architecture.

Tadao Ando is considered one of the most influential Architects Of The 21st Century. He has built his own style of Critical Regionalism according to architectural historian Francesco Dal Co. Today we have gathered some of the most influential and most amazing quotes of Tadao Ando, on architecture, design, and simplicity.

When I draw something, the brain and the hands work together. Tadao Ando
If there is only one culture all over the world, that's not a good thing. Tadao Ando
The speed of change makes you wonder what will become of architecture. Tadao Ando
Spiritual space is lost in gaining convenience. I saw the need to create a mixture of Japanese spiritual culture and modern western architecture. Tadao Ando
You can't really say what is beautiful about a place, but the image of the place will remain vividly with you. Tadao Ando
If you give people nothingness, they can ponder what can be achieved from that nothingness. Tadao Ando
The computer offers another kind of creativity. You cannot ignore the creativity that computer technology can bring. But you need to be able to move between those two different worlds. Tadao Ando
The individual who makes a work is not important; good work has timelessness that naturally appeals to people in its own right. Tadao Ando
In all my works, light is an important controlling factor. Tadao Ando
People tend not to use this word beauty because it's not intellectual - but there has to be an overlap between beauty and intellect. Tadao Ando
I believe that the way people live can be directed a little by architecture. Tadao Ando
There is a role and function for beauty in our time. Tadao Ando
The essence of Minimalism is simplicity, but simplicity without depth is merely cheap. It is not enough. Tadao Ando
I hope to achieve simplicity, but I also hope to achieve depth … I believe it is important that architecture should be a space where you feel spiritually empowered. Tadao Ando
My hand is the extension of the thinking process - the creative process. Tadao Ando
I don't believe architecture has to speak too much. It should remain silent and let nature in the guise of sunlight and wind. Tadao Ando
We borrow from nature the space upon which we build. Tadao Ando
You cannot simply put something new into a place. You have to absorb what you see around you, what exists on the land, and then use that knowledge along with contemporary thinking to interpret what you see. Tadao Ando
My objective is to design a space that nobody else can come up with while using the material that anyone can use. Tadao Ando
Working in Tokyo has convinced me that, contrary to what people think, it is actually one of the world's most beautiful cities. Tadao Ando
I take the museum space also as sacred in a sense. Tadao Ando
I like ruins because what remains is not the total design, but the clarity of thought, the naked structure, the spirit of the thing. Tadao Ando
There are self-made millionaires - their aspiration is first to make money. But the once that goal is achieved, they have to look for something and sometimes they become patrons of art or museums. And that is how the world should go. Tadao Ando
All architecture has a public nature, I believe, so I would like to make a public space. Tadao Ando
As long as you have an objective in your mind you are young. Tadao Ando
In Japan, there is less a culture of preserving old buildings than in Europe. Tadao Ando
In Italy, there are so many significant architectural structures in history such as the Pantheon in Rome, or the Duomo. Tadao Ando
You always want to try to make something new, and, of course, America is the world leader in economics today. Tadao Ando

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