Japanese architect Tadao Ando’s Kidosaki House, which was constructed in a Tokyo suburb between 1982 and 1986, takes careful account of ancient Japanese living conventions and accommodates them within a minimalist, modern-looking structure.
It is the exquisitely planned combination of bold, geometrical lines, simple construction materials and their interweaving with natural elements that makes this house a triumph of understated elegance.
Designed to accommodate an extended family the house is three storeys high and comprises communal living spaces as well as private areas. The layout differs on each level, but the light and airy, minimally furnished interiors generally accorded with centuries-old Japanese stylistic preferences.
The main goal of the project was to maintain the independence of each house and each family. The entire project consists of a cube, 12 meters per side, in the center of the plot and a curved wall in front near the entrance.
Tadao Ando: Complete Works 1975-2011
Philippe Starck describes him as a “mystic in a country which is no longer mystic.” Philip Drew calls his buildings “land art” that “struggle to emerge from the earth.” He is the only architect to have won the discipline’s four most prestigious prizes: the Pritzker, Carlsberg, Praemium Imperiale, and Kyoto Prize. Combining influences from Japanese tradition with the best of Modernism, Ando has developed a completely unique building aesthetic that makes use of concrete, wood, water, light, space, and nature in a way that has never been witnessed in architecture. His designs include award-winning private homes, churches, museums, apartment complexes, and cultural spaces throughout Japan, as well as in France, Italy, Spain, and the USA. This book, created at the height of Ando’s illustrious career, and thoroughly updated for this new 2010 edition, presents his complete works to date.
Houses of the World
The Luxury Living collection is an exploration of material, color and space. Over 2,000 illustrations. This book offers a wide range of home styles from around the globe in almost 1000 pages (999 to be exact). With more pictures than text this is definitely eye candy for anyone who loves residential architecture.
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