Tadao Ando: Rokko HousingZARDINI, Mirko (editor)
Milan: Electa (Quaderni di Casabella). 1986.
Supplement 529 of Casabella, the celebrated Italian architectural magazine. 4to. 295x238mm. pp. 72. In the usual format of Casabella editions at this time. White card covers with blue dust jacket illustrated in the centre of the upper cover with a reproduction of an architectural drawing by Ando for the Rokko Housing project. Title is printed in black on the upper cover and on the spine. Dust jacket is protected by a glassine cover. There is some shelfwear but this is very good copy and the contents are in excellent condition. The flap of the upper cover of the dust jacket is signed by Ando and dated 01.01.87. Text in Italian and English.
The Rokko Housing Project is one of Ando’s largest and most extended pieces of work, covering three phases between 1978 and 1999. It represents an almost perfect example of how to create high density housing in a very limited space, clinging as it does to the side of a hill. This is detailed description and analysis of the project profusely illustrated with drawings and photographs and with three introductory essays by Vittorio Gregotti (”Different Qualities of Silence”), Riichi Miyake (”The Square in the Sky”), and Tadao Ando (”Geometry and Nature”).