19 September 2017

Tadao Ando

Tadao Ando has worked on over 200 buildings and collaborated with artists and designers such as Issey Miyake and Damien Hurst. He has also worked on installations including 'Silence', a water feature in London where clouds of mist swirl from the base of two trees every 15 minutes. Perhaps his most iconic building however, is the Church of Light in Ibaraki, Japan. A minimalist box like structure with spaces for the light to enter in the shape of a cross. Ando placed the cross on the east façade allowing light to seep into the space from the moment the sun rises. The Church of light is an unadorned space, the architecture and the way it uses dark and light create the beauty and tranquility of the space and not the objects in it. What starts as a minimalist box is illuminated with light, a metaphor for spirituality.