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Architecture Monday

November 19, 2018

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 […]

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Architecture Monday

September 10, 2018

There’s a beautiful simplicity here, with inspiration from that of a large tent, open to all sides and to all visitors, casting its gaze out onto the grand vista that surrounds it while at the same time crafting an intimate experience. The experience begins along the approach, the area being delineated by a fence of […]

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Philosophy Tuesday

January 30, 2018

A few years ago, a friend of mine was sharing about her battle against cancer.  Needless to say, it was an ordeal, and her daily experience was not pleasant in the slightest.*  “Oy,” I said, “I can only imagine what it must be like for you right now.” “Thank you,” she replied.  But the way […]

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Architecture Monday

November 27, 2017

In many ways, my trip to Japan could have been billed as the “Ando Connection.”  The whole planning process began when I plotted the locations of many of Tadao Ando’s buildings all throughout Japan, and the end route was chosen to hit as many of them as I could.  This included what I thought would […]

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Architecture Monday

February 27, 2017

Here’s a fun house that doesn’t just overlook a nearby pond, but instead straddles it like a bridge.  Somewhat reminiscent of both Tadao Ando’s Church on the Water and Frank Lloyd Wright’s Falling water, the house is not separate from the landscape, but rather interacts with it and powerfully invites it in. I’ve always been […]

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Architecture Monday

October 17, 2016

Sculptural, but still spatial. That was one of my first thoughts of this chapel in Finland by Sanaksenaho Architects. It’s also a very simple affair, and when things are stripped down to that level of simplicity, much like Tadao Ando’s works*, the quality (or lack thereof) of the space really takes prominence. And here, that […]

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Architecture Monday

May 9, 2016

A window can be more than just a portal for light or ventilation. It can frame views. It can bring the outside in. It can extend the room outward towards the horizon and beyond. Tadao Ando’s Church of the Water is, in many ways, the antithesis of his Church of the Light.  Here, the celebration […]

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Architecture Monday

February 15, 2016

Light. From the sun. It’s all around. It’s abundant. It’s dominant. It’s so commonplace as to be almost mundane. Of the many things architects must incorporate in the dialogue called designing, the use, manipulation, control, modulation, and celebration of light holds prominence. What if you made a church of light? What would that be like? […]

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Architecture Monday

September 14, 2015

Blam. There it hits you. Powerful. A motif repeated and repeated and repeated, an object so familiar, so common, yet through this repetition, aggrandizement, regular, rigorous, it becomes an altogether different experience. 11m high. 20,000 books. Warm wood, the slight curve letting the light caress the thousands of volumes, the verticality of the space playing […]

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Architecture Monday

November 3, 2014

Stone Sculpture Museum by Tadao Ando   When I first saw this project, it was by flipping a page in a magazine. I looked at the photo spread, and thought “Wow… that is some gorgeous and clean forms, with an exquisite juxtaposition of wood and concrete.” Then I saw it was by Tadao Ando, and […]