Church of Light by Ando Tadao: Comments by Architect Charles Bernstein, AIA

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Charles Bernstein, A.I.A.

Church of Light

This poetically designed church was completed in 1995 on a low budget, and won Ando the Pritzker Award. The relatively small structure is located in a suburb of Osaka. Like most of Ando's work, the building materials consist of glass, steel and of course, poured-in-place concrete. In addition to evocatively placed windows and irregular angles, the most striking feature is a cruciform window cut into one wall which casts an image of a cross on the opposing wall.

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Church of Light

Church of Light

Church of Light

Church of Light

Church of Light

Church of Light

ADDITIONAL VIEWS OF ANDO'S CHURCH OF LIGHT