|Tadao Ando, September 13, 1941, Minato-ku, Osaka, Japan|
Japanese Religion and Culture have great influence on Tadao Ando, which as it is said to create an 'Haiku' effect to beautify the nothingness in order to represent the uniqueness of 'Simplicity'. His philosophy was 'to change the dwelling is to change the society'. One of his Early work is Azuma house(also known as Row House), in Sumiyoshi, Osaka, Japan.This is the building which brought him success.
Building Name: Azuma House
Year of Construction: 1975-76
Site Area: 57.28 sq meter
Building Area: 34 sq meter
Total Floor Area: 64.72 sq meter
Location: Osaka, Japan
Award: Japan Association of Architecture, 1976
|Plan Of Azuma House|
As Tadao Ando says, 'In its simple spatial composition, in its expression of enclosure, and the way light gives character to daily life's spaces, this house encapsulates my image of Architecture.'
|Section of Azuma House|
However, this is also true this project of Tadao Ando has been criticized too. Some says that the circulation is not easy enough in this house, and the massive concrete walls are certainly something that an environmentalist should try to avoid. And some believe the ventilation is poor except in the courtyard of the house. It is a continuous facade with no aperture which some say definitely one of the flaws of the house as it lessens places for visual relief, and also result in increase of temperature inside the house as the glasses and the concrete have high specific to absorb heat energy.
Nevertheless, Tadao Ando's Azuma house is certainly one of those building which meets highest meets of an individual in the tiniest space possible, and yet it is a beautiful architecture with simplicity in its distinctive feature.