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Tadao Ando Image Credit: Elle Decor India
Tadao Ando Image Credit: Elle Decor India

Ando's Archetype

Revered creative Tadao Ando’s design for an abode in the Japanese capital is an architectural masterpiece, unique in its shape and style

Yoshinao Yamada

Tadao Ando made a promise that he stayed true to 12 years later. He designed this approximately 5,350 sq ft residence in Tokyo Prefecture after a series of meetings over four years with the home owner. During these conversations, the client and Ando talked about a lot of things—but never the house. Even so, the creative’s plan led to the formation of an abode that became the perfect canvas for the owner’s objets d’art. “When I received his proposal,” says the art loving homeowner, “I was surprised at how it reflected a great many of our conversations. Ando conceptualised this house to embody my thinking and my way of life, where the artistic spirituality is in sync with his architecture style.” In response, the venerated architect says, “The client has a remarkable collection of art.

So, I let his refined aesthetic shape the space and used light to highlight and contrast the artworks.” Indeed, the four storeyed home is a veritable cornucopia of art—contemporary artist Tatsuo Miyajima’s works, furniture by Jean Prouvé, Charlotte Perriand and Pierre Jeanneret, and photographs by Daido Moriyama, William Klein and Sarah Moon are all juxtaposed throughout the house. Natural light from windows of varying sizes dramatically floods the concrete walled space, resulting in a play of light and shadow on the walls, which highlights the artworks. The ceiling lights are strategically placed to bounce of


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