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awards: 1995 Pritzker Prize, 2002 AIA, AIA, Pritzker Prize

Tadao Ando (安藤 忠雄, Andō Tadao?, born September 13, 1941, in Osaka, Japan) is a Japanese architect whose approach to architecture was once categorized as critical regionalism. Ando has led a storied life, working as a truck driver and boxer prior to settling on the profession of architecture, despite never having taken formal training in the field.

He works primarily in exposed cast-in-place concrete and is renowned for an exemplary craftsmanship which invokes a Japanese sense of materiality, junction and spatial narrative through the pared aesthetics of international modernism.

In 1969, he established the firm Tadao Ando Architects & Associates. In 1995, Ando won the Pritzker Architecture Prize, considered the highest distinction in the field of architecture.

Tadao Ando’s list of recommended/significant buildings (post 1980):

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Church on the Water

Church on the Water

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Location: Mount Tomamu, Japan
Architect/Designer: Tadao Ando
Water Temple

Water Temple

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Location: Awaji Island, Japan
Architect/Designer: Tadao Ando
Langen Foundation

Langen Foundation

1 Star2 Stars3 Stars4 Stars5 Stars (2 vote, 70.00% worth checking out)
Location: Neuss, Germany
Architect/Designer: Tadao Ando
Shiba Ryotaro Memorial Museum

Shiba Ryotaro Memorial Museum

1 Star2 Stars3 Stars4 Stars5 Stars (2 vote, 70.00% worth checking out)
Location: Osaka, Japan
Architect/Designer: Tadao Ando
Chikatsu-Asuka Historical Museum

Chikatsu-Asuka Historical Museum

1 Star2 Stars3 Stars4 Stars5 Stars (3 vote, 53.33% worth checking out)
Location: Osaka, Japan
Architect/Designer: Tadao Ando

Stone Sculpture Museum

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Location: Bad Münster am Stein-Ebernburg, Germany
Architect/Designers: Tadao Ando

Stone Hill Center

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Location: Williamstown, USA
Architect/Designers: Tadao Ando

28 Fabrikstrasse

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Location: Basel, Switzerland
Architect/Designers: Tadao Ando

HH Style

1 Star2 Stars3 Stars4 Stars5 Stars (7 vote, 51.43% worth checking out)
Location: Tokyo, Japan
Architect/Designers: Tadao Ando

Church of Light

1 Star2 Stars3 Stars4 Stars5 Stars (11 vote, 78.18% worth checking out)
Location: Osaka, Japan
Architect/Designers: Tadao Ando

Galleria Akka

1 Star2 Stars3 Stars4 Stars5 Stars (6 vote, 70.00% worth checking out)
Location: Osaka, Japan
Architect/Designers: Tadao Ando

Punta della Dogana refurbishment

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Location: Venice, Italy
Architect/Designers: Tadao Ando

Vitra Conference Pavillion

1 Star2 Stars3 Stars4 Stars5 Stars (3 vote, 86.67% worth checking out)
Location: Weil am Rhein, Germany
Architect/Designers: Tadao Ando

Naoshima Contemporary Art Museum and Annex

1 Star2 Stars3 Stars4 Stars5 Stars (4 vote, 80.00% worth checking out)
Location: Naoshima Island, Japan
Architect/Designers: Tadao Ando

Shibuya Station extension Tokyo

1 Star2 Stars3 Stars4 Stars5 Stars (6 vote, 76.67% worth checking out)
Location: Tokyo, Japan
Architect/Designers: Tadao Ando
21-21 Design Sight

21-21 Design Sight

1 Star2 Stars3 Stars4 Stars5 Stars (20 vote, 78.00% worth checking out)
Location: Tokyo, Japan
Architect/Designer: Tadao Ando + Issey Miyake
Omote Sando Hills

Omote Sando Hills

1 Star2 Stars3 Stars4 Stars5 Stars (10 vote, 74.00% worth checking out)
Location: Tokyo, Japan
Architect/Designer: Tadao Ando