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Tadao Ando : The Colours of Light ( SIGNED COPY)

Pare, Richard; Ando, Tadao

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ISBN 10: 0714833746 / ISBN 13: 9780714833743
Published by U.S.A.: Phaidon Press, 1996
Condition: Fine Hardcover
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Fine condition hardback book but one corner of the spine at the toe of the spine is slightly bumped which also wrinkled the dust jacket some around that corner, 1/16" and 1/8" light surface rub at the bottom two tips of the dust jacket opposite the spine. Signed by Tadao Ando in Aramaic letters on the half title page. 10"x11" 264 pages. Illustrated with black and white as well as color photographs and drawings. To access more of our many architectual books search using our unique keyword ARCHBX or visit our shop in Fort Worth!. Bookseller Inventory # GMSC 2256

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Title: Tadao Ando : The Colours of Light ( SIGNED ...

Publisher: U.S.A.: Phaidon Press

Publication Date: 1996

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Fine

Edition: 1st Edition

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Tadao Ando: the Colours of light is a landmark in architectural publishing. An exquisite work of art in its own right, it is the result of ten years' collaboration between the English photographer Richard Pare and the internationally renowned architect Tadao Ando. Japan's leading architect, Tadao Ando (b 1941) was recently awarded the 1995 Pritzker Architecture Prize for his 'consistent and significant contributions to the built environment'. This book includes twenty-seven of Ando's buildings, completed over the last decade, including such notable projects as the Kidosaki House, Tokyo, 1986, the Church on the Water, Hokkaido, 1988, the Naoshima Contemporary Art Museum and Annexe, 1992 and 1995, and the recently completed buildings for Benetton in Treviso, Italy, 1995, and the Meditation Space for Unesco, Paris, 1995.
Richard Pare's images break with previous conventions of architectural representation; they convey his interest in distilling the 'essence' of Tadao Ando's buildings rather than producing literal portraits. Pare concentrates on the subtle effects that natural light has on architecture; working without the aid of artificial effects he captures as directly as possible the colour and atmosphere of Ando's spaces.


Tadao Ando, one-time truck driver and boxer, is a self-taught Japanese architect whose winning of the 1995 Pritzker Prize has given him preeminence among his gifted generation. Ando reinvents Japan's architectural tradition in contemporary terms, using minimalist concrete structures of monumental scale, reminiscent of the Brutalist architecture of America's Louis Kahn. Almost all of Ando's works are in Japan, many in his native Osaka. Richard Pare's photographs of Ando's buildings, lovingly reproduced here, have drawn praise from Ando himself, who describes them as having "a phantasmic beauty beyond real time."

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