tadao ando's early drawings and hand-drawn plans go on view in tokyo
 

tadao ando's early drawings and hand-drawn plans go on view in tokyo

50 years ago, a self-taught japanese architect by the name of tadao ando established his own atelier. since then, ando — who is now recognized as one of the world’s most famous contemporary architects — has built projects across the globe, been featured in numerous exhibitions, and delivered countless lectures.


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now, a new exhibition — titled ‘early drawings of tadao ando’ — showcases his early architectural materials, namely hand-drawn plans and sketches that date back to the 1970s. the featured projects include a number of his masterpieces in japan, such as the row house in sumiyoshi (1976), the koshino house (1981), rokko housing Ⅰ (1983), time’s Ⅰ (1984), the kidosaki house (1986), the church on the water (1988), and the church of the light (1989).


row house in sumiyoshi | plan drawing | pencil , color pencil and ink on tracing paper (left),
row house in sumiyoshi | section drawing | pencil and color pencil on paper (right), and the scale model
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according to the curator, the theme of the exhibition, ‘autonomy and dialogue’, expresses the ideas and principles that motivated ando in the early stages of his profession. throughout his career, the architect sought to create spaces where people could develop ‘personal autonomy’ by finding and deepening one’s self through engaging in dialogue with things such as the city, nature, light, history, and culture.


sketches and drawings for church of the light
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ando claims that he seeks ‘to condense the intent behind the design into a single drawing’. indeed, the many drawings in the exhibition — which are meticulously constructed and marked by an enhanced three-dimensionality achieved through the superimposition of sections, perspectives, and axonometric projections over floor plans — very much embody the architect’s idea of space. the exhibition remains on view until september 23, 2019 at the national archives of modern architecture in tokyo.


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image © national archives of modern architecture, agency for cultural affairs, japan


sketches and drawings for glass block house
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tadao ando early drawings
sketches and drawings for koshino house
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tadao ando early drawings
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site drawings | silkscreen print and color pencil on paper
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image © national archives of modern architecture, agency for cultural affairs, japan


image © national archives of modern architecture, agency for cultural affairs, japan

tadao ando early drawings
image © national archives of modern architecture, agency for cultural affairs, japan

tadao ando early drawings
image © national archives of modern architecture, agency for cultural affairs, japan

tadao ando early drawings
model of the chapel on mt. rokko
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image © national archives of modern architecture, agency for cultural affairs, japan


sketches for the church on the water
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model of the church on the water
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sketches in ando’s diary
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project info:

 

exhibition title: early drawings of tadao ando: autonomy and dialogue
venue: national archives of modern architecture, agency for cultural affairs 4‐6‐15 yushima, bunkyo-ku, tokyo, japan
dates: june 8, 2019 – september 23, 2019
hours: 10:00 – 16:30

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