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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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Noguchi and Izumi-Stone House in Shikoku
Mar24

Noguchi and Izumi-Stone House in Shikoku

Today, I entered a house of stone.  Honey warm in the afternoon light.  A private home on Shikoku Island in southern Japan.  Built by Isamu Noguchi and Masatoshi Izumi in 1972.  Based partially on impressions of houses in Ahmenabad, India.     FotoViewr – Create your 3D photo gallery The lead photo in the above slide show is by Gail Rieke. A tropical space, open to the outdoors and to Noguchi's stone sculptures in the...

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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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