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When he was ten, Tadao Ando started working for a carpenter in Osaka, where he was born in 1941. He built models of aeroplanes and ships while learning the subtleties of working with wood.
School didn't impress him much. “I always preferred learning things on my own outside class,” he says. A book of sketches by Le Corbusier was his introduction to architecture. “I started visiting temples, shrines and tea houses in Kyoto and Nara. I was studying architecture by going to see buildings and reading books about them.”
Before he started building things, he made a few detours, working as a lorry driver and then boxing for a living. In the early '60s he started travelling overseas until finally, in 1969, he formed Tadao Ando Architectural & Associates in his home town.
"I am interested in dialogue with the architecture of the past," Tadao says, "but it must be filtered through my own vision and my own experience. I am indebted to Le Corbusier and Mies van der Rohe, but the same way, I take what they did and interpret it in my own fashion."
Natural light and shapes that bend to the landscape are among his trademarks. "I do not believe architecture should speak too much,” he has said. “It should remain silent and let nature in the guise of sunlight and wind speak."
Using methods from classic Japanese wooden architecture, casts concrete in waterproof, varnished moulds that gives the mix a very smooth surface. Among his most striking works are several churches. “I feel that the goal of most religious is similar: to make men happier and more at ease with themselves,” he says. “I see no contradiction in me designing Christian churches."
Tadao won the top award for architecture, the Pritzker Prize, in 1995 and donated his prize money to orphans of that year's Kobe earthquake.
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