Early Drawings of Tadao Ando: Autonomy and Dialogue
Open throughout the exhibition period
Open hours 10:00～16:30
Tadao Ando, born 1941 in Osaka, Japan, self-taught himself in architecture and established his atelier, Tadao Ando Architect & Associates, in 1969, exactly a half century ago. During this time, he has built works of architecture all over the world, shown in numerous exhibitions, and delivered countless lectures, and with bookstores also filling their shelves with publications about him, he is now recognized as one of the world’s most famous contemporary architects.
This exhibition, titled Early Drawings of Tadao Ando, is a showcase of Ando’s early architectural materials, namely hand-drawn plans and sketches that date from before around 1990. The featured projects include a number of his extant masterpieces in Japan, such as the Row House in Sumiyoshi (’76), the Koshino House (’81), Rokko Housing Ⅰ (’83), Time’s Ⅰ (’84), the Kidosaki House (’86), the Church on the Water (’88), and the Church of the Light (’89).
The theme of the exhibition, “Autonomy and Dialogue”, expresses the ideas – or in other words, the basic principles and motives – that drove the early Ando as he sought to create spaces where people could develop personal autonomy by finding and deepening one’s self through engaging in dialogue with things such as the city, nature, light, history, and culture.
Ando claims that he seeks “to condense the intent behind the design into a single drawing”. And indeed, the many drawings in this exhibition, which are beautiful, meticulously constructed, and marked by an enhanced three-dimensionality achieved through the superimposition of sections, perspectives, and axonometric projections over floor plans, very much embody the architect’s ideas of space. All are encouraged to come see them in person.
National Archives of Modern Architecture, Agency for Cultural Affairs 4‐6‐15 Yushima, Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo
There are two ways to enter the National Archives of Modern Architecture.
To view only the exhibition (possible only on weekdays):
Please enter via the main gate of the Yushima
Local Common Government Offices (Admission: Free).
To view both the exhibition and Kyu-Iwasaki-tei Gardens:
Please enter via the Kyu-Iwasaki-tei Gardens
(Admission: 400 yen).