Tadao Ando

You can’t really say what is beautiful about a place, but the image of the place will remain vividly with you.

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.

In Japan, since the temple is made of wood, the divine spirit inside the building is eternal, so the enclosure doesn’t have to be.

I believe that the way people live can be directed a little by architecture.

I don’t look so closely at women’s fashion, but from the 20th century on, people have had the freedom to express themselves and their individualities, and fashion is one of the most fundamental ways in which they do this, men and women are equally able to express themselves.

I would like my architecture to inspire people to use their own resources, to move into the future.

If you give people nothingness, they can ponder what can be achieved from that nothingness.

In the West there has always been the attempt to try make the religious building, whether it’s a Medieval or Renaissance church, an eternal object for the celebration of God. The material chosen, such as stone, brick, or concrete, is meant to eternally preserve what is inside.

Japanese traditional architecture is created based on these conditions. This is the reason you have a very high degree of connection between the outside and inside in architecture.

My hand is the extension of the thinking process – the creative process.

People tend not to use this word beauty because it’s not intellectual – but there has to be an overlap between beauty and intellect.

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.

The level of detail and craft is something that’s inscribed within the original design concept. And so when I begin to draw, I know what kind of detailing I want the building to have.

The speed of change makes you wonder what will become of architecture.

There is a role and function for beauty in our time.

When I design buildings, I think of the overall composition, much as the parts of a body would fit together. On top of that, I think about how people will approach the building and experience that space.

When I draw something, the brain and the hands work together.

When you look at Japanese traditional architecture, you have to look at Japanese culture and its relationship with nature. You can actually live in a harmonious, close contact with nature – this very unique to Japan.

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A parallel soul

  • Dear Richard,
    Thank you for coming here. It was a real privilege to meet you and touch your generous mind.
    I profoundly felt what means to meet a „maestro”. As you say, life can be a poem too. It depends
    on how you use your words in writing your destiny, looking inside to see your soul mirroring God.
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    Luis Barragan


    Architecture is a art when one consciously or unconsciously creates aesthetic emotion in the atmosphere and when this environment produces well being.

    A garden must combine the poetic and he mysterious with a feeling of serenity and joy.

    Beauty is the oracle that speaks to us all.

    I don’t divide architecture, landscape and gardening; to me they are one.

    I think that the ideal space must contain elements of magic, serenity, sorcery and mystery.

    It is essential to an architect to know how to see: I mean to see in such a way that the vision is not overpowered by rational analysis.

    Life deprived of beauty is not worthy of being called human.

    My house is my refuge, an emotional piece of architecture, not a cold piece of convenience.
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