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Honpukuji: Tadao Ando’s Temple of Water

On Awaji Island, just south of the city of Kobe, can be found a round Shingon Buddhist Temple constructed beneath a lotus pond. Ando reinterprets age-old Chinese influenced Buddhist architecture by dividing the site into the asymmetrical, above ground entry and below ground sanctuary. The extensive entry area, composed of obliquely positioned, poured-in-place concrete walls, ends at the entrance staircase. The effect is a dramatic...

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Just an Ordinary January in Paradise
Jan11

Just an Ordinary January in Paradise

January, 2010, began with a whirlwind of activities. A few days after joining tens of thousands of people celebrating New Years Day at various Buddhist temples and Shinto Shrines, I began touring with a group of architects and artists. We visited all three Imperial villas in town: Katsura, Shugaku-in and Sento Gosho. We interviewed several Buddhist priests and drove out to see both I,M.Pei's Miho Museum and the stunning Sagawa...

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Church of Light by Ando Tadao: Comments by Architect Charles Bernstein, AIA
Feb02

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

Charles Bernstein, A.I.A. 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...

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