Tadao Ando

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I. INTRODUCTION:

Tadao Ando a Japanese Architect well known for his use of monochrome colors, raw materials, simple forms. Tadao Ando works reveal a dialogue with nature and tradition (culture); Shintai and space; and geometry. In addition to many other concept and sub-themes. Beside the present of Japanese traditional concept in his architecture, Ando was influence by Modern architecture (Louis Kahn and Le Corbusier) I will discuss in this paper the vision and concept that Ando‘s Architecture was built upon.

II. The process of Ando's architecture

Tadao ando is a self-taught architect. He was born and grow n in Osaka Hanshin area, Japan. Hansin is an old section, distinguish for its deep and traditional Japanese architecture. (Hien,
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Vision and concept:

1. Vision:
From this sensitivity for craft, he invented his principles and theories of architecture. He was inspired from the three principle of architecture of Vitruvius: Utilities (utility and functions), Venustas( form), and Firmitas( solidity and structure) .From modern architecture he retain abstract geometry. In addition to the Japanese architecture inspiration. As a result he built his own principles: (1) clear function, (2) exposed structure, (3) raw material. (Hien, 1998)
Architecture is an autonomous set of ideas, an imagination based on individual was of thinking and analyzing. For him the genius task of architecture is to focus on an architecture of discovery.
By discovery, Ando does not mean the free choice or any arbitrary fantasia but a thoughtful view of dwelling and feeling of life. This comes from his concept of being and life. Keywords such as life, feeling, and dwelling are products of his philosophy on the question of being, the meaning of life, and the human ideal. All those principles are rooted in the Japanese culture. The question of architecture is the question of philosophy (humanistic and rational) and the art of doing and crafting. (Hien, 1998)

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The use of zenithal light, contrasting light and shadow for focal interiors, moving lights in the raw concrete walls, or composed reflected light help to attain the highest artistic level. We can clearly see this in all Ando's works. In the Church of the Light, for example, the theme of emptiness dominates, because in both sections of the building, emptiness enlists as the principal goal. The box of light is an area encircled by glass, where the four separated crosses set, and the dominant element is the framed blue sky, natural light which impresses the viewer with the solemn, transparent ideal.. Heaven and earth are joined through a unique line: the symbolic cross. (Hien,

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