This is by architect Tadao Ando. So you know it will have spaces that evoke, quite viscerally, feelings of exquisiteness and marvel. His mastery of light and form and proportion and volume is second to none.
Even if you haven’t been a follower of of my previous architecture posts, with an intro like that I don’t need to say that he’s definitively one of my favs. I’ve admired many of his buildings, but this one has something extra unique and of interest to me: it’s an adaptive reuse of an existing building, an insertion into a robust and formal brick shell, using the pre-existing walls and openings to create new forms and experiences within.
From those powerful atriums, where his silky and monochrome concrete forms play beautifully off the rich and rough red brick, to the more intimate and subdued galleries, to the new rooftop pavilion and glass-lined walkways, there’s almost no moment that doesn’t delight.
A wicked tour de force. And much easier for me to visit than heading off to Japan again. Very much on my list of places to visit.