Beyond Horizons in ArchitectureANDO, Tadao
Tokyo: Sezon Museum of Art; Tadao Ando. 1992.
First edition. 4to. 295x228mm. pp. 195. Catalogue of an exhibition of Ando's work shown in 1992 in Japan and, in 1993, at the Pompidou Centre in Paris. Fine in stiff card covers illustrated with a black and white photograph of the Japan Pavilion at EXPO '92 in Seville on the upper cover with author and title name printed in gold in English. Author and title printed in gold in English on the spine and in black in Japanese. The lower cover shows a black and white photograph of Ando's Church of the Light. Illustrated throughout in colour and black and white with two fold-out illustrations. The introduction (pp14-28) contains a short essay by Ando, a piece by Issey Miyake entitled "A Personal View of Tadao Ando: or, What Architects Toss Back at Us", and an interview with Frank Gehry. These are in English and Japanese. The descriptions of the images are in Japanese. The first six pages are blank and two of them have original sketches and an inscription by Ando. A unique item.
This book is divided into four sections: 1. Spirit Sharing - Nature; 2. Reponse - Time; 3. Dialogue - Humanity; 4. The Unearthing of “Place”. The overarching theme of this book is the interplay between nature, spirit and architecture. In his introduction, Ando stresses the importance of nature to his work and explains how his abstracts the elements of nature. “Bringing nature’s vital energy to a crystallisation within an austerely composed architectural order, I confront people with its presence”.