This architect from Osaka, Japan, has been revolutionizing the world of architecture since 1976 when he was awarded the Japan Architecture Association prize for his Azuma House. At 79 years of age, the architect has been recognized and awarded numerous prizes, receiving the Kyoto Prize, Praemium Imperiale, the Gold Medal of the French Academy of Architecture and in 1995 he received the distinguished architectural award, the Pritzker Prize.
Tadao has never followed the norms imposed by society, starting as a carpenter and amateur boxer to become a self-taught architectural reference.
His architecture finds its result in the combination of Japanese architecture, minimalism, and the careful study that Tadao Ando has made around the world. His work is inspired by the local architecture of the area where he grew up, but if anything distinguishes him from Japanese architecture, it is the introduction of closed rooms, forgetting open spaces, with the intention of a habitat in which light and shadow take center stage and in which each room is an example of order and minimalism.
The decorative element is left to nature thanks to his great spatial sense, elements such as water, light, and vegetation play a leading role in his work. His work is marked by the sky, including translucent ceilings, taking advantage of natural light and creating spaces with natural illumination.
Tadao Ando reflects on the role of architecture in humanity, on how architecture must relate to the environment to find a space far removed from the disorder and chaos of cities. His work is characterized by the relationship between the environment, social and cultural needs, but also private and personal spaces. The artist emphasizes in all his work that an atmosphere of spirituality and meditation making his work captivating,