Tadao Ando surrounds huge buddha statue with lavender-covered mound at Sapporo cemetery

Japanese architect Tadao Ando has concealed a huge stone statue of the buddha within a hill covered in lavender plants at the Makomanai Takino Cemetery in Sapporo. The top of the statue’s head just crests through a circular well at the centre of the verdant mound, which is carpeted in 150,000 of the purple-flowering plants. Visitors must pass through a 40-metre tunnel to get to

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Tadao Ando to convert Paris stock exchange into art gallery

Japanese architect Tadao Ando has revealed his plans to convert Paris’ Bourse de Commerce building into a museum that will host one of the world’s largest contemporary art collections. Ando was commissioned to create the gallery within the heritage-listed building by French businessman François Pinault, who will use the space to host his collection of contemporary artworks known

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Tadao Ando’s Shanghai Poly Grand Theatre captured in new photographs

Large tunnels carve through Tadao Ando’s concrete and glass theatre in Shanghai, which has been documented in these new images by architecture photographer Yueqi Li. The Poly Grand Theatre is located between two man-made waterways in Jiading district, 12 miles northwest of Shanghai’s centre, and is accompanied by a housing and office tower, also designed

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Tadao Ando’s only UK building slated for demolition

Plans are underway to demolish and replace Tadao Ando’s concrete pavilion at Piccadilly Gardens in Manchester, the Japanese architect’s only building in the UK. Manchester City Council outlined its ambitions to “refresh” Piccadilly Gardens, a green space in the city centre, in a report that will go before an executive committee later this week. Tadao Ando’s 130-metre-long curved concrete

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The Setouchi Aonagi Hotel By Tadao Ando

In the Japanese city Setouchi, world famous architect Tadao Ando designed a luxury hotel, connecting the richness of nature, history and culture from long past. The little city of Setouchi has become popular with the growth of its international art festival, attracting tourists from all over the world. With the rise of visiting numbers to […]

Tadao Ando’s Cerro Pelon Ranch for Tom Ford shown in dramatic architectural film

A promotional movie has been released to entice potential buyers for a massive ranch in New Mexico that features buildings by Japanese architect Tadao Ando (+ movie). Called Cerro Pelon Ranch, the property encompasses more than 20,000 acres (8,094 hectares) in northern New Mexico and features a meandering river, cottonwood trees and grazing pastures. It More

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inspiration from Dior A/W 2016

Excuse my partial silence this week, I’ve wanted to blog but when I get free time to do so I’ve been so tired and opting for a nap sounded better. Hey, I haven’t been on vacation yet this year so I don’t feel so guilty for napping. Next month we are ta…

Soho House considers move into co-living market and hires Tadao Ando for Tokyo members club

Private members club Soho House is considering expanding into the fast-growing co-living market, according to founder Nick Jones. “We’re looking,” Jones told Dezeen, who also revealed that Japanese superstar architect Tadao Ando is designing the group’s latest outpost in Tokyo. “We’re looking at the possibility of moving to an upgraded student living idea,” said Jones, More

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Tadao Ando’s Casa Wabi is an artist’s retreat that stretches along the Mexican coast

A 312-metre-long concrete wall provides the framework for this house and art centre designed by Japanese architect Tadao Ando for a picturesque site on the Mexican seafront (photos by Edmund Sumner + slideshow). The building provides a home for the Casa Wabi Foundation, an arts charity established by Mexican artist Bosco Sodi and directed by Patricia More

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Tadao Ando says his first New York building will be “a very quiet piece of architecture”

Japanese architect Tadao Ando has revealed details about his first building in New York City, explaining that he wanted to “create something that only a Japanese person could do” (+ movie). Ando was commissioned by developer Sumaida + Khurana to design 152 Elizabeth Street – a seven-storey, luxury condominium building now under construction in Manhattan’s Nolita neighbourhood. “I would like […]

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Tadao Ando’s first New York building shown in new images

The full facade of Japanese architect Tadao Ando’s concrete and glass apartment block for Manhattan is revealed in this set of visualisations. Ando’s first building in New York will rise seven storeys from the corner of Kenmore and Elizabeth streets in the Nolita neighbourhood, named for its location north of Little Italy at the centre […]

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