Demolition of Tadao Ando's Piccadilly Gardens in Manchester now Council-approved
Although plans to tear down Tadao Ando's Piccadilly Gardens have been floating about since last late last year, the Manchester City Council just gave its official approval to knock down Ando's quasi-Brutalist structure in favor of a "leisure-led" scheme last week, according to the Architects... View full entry
How Tadao Ando defines his own "home for the spirit"
This should be Ando’s residence. But there is no bedroom. Or food in the kitchen. And a couple of years ago he told Japanese TV that he lives in a normal apartment. This is Tadao Ando’s house, but is it his home? [...]
Ando built it to be his home in 1995 but never moved in. You can find it listed in architecture books as the “Atelier” or “Studio Annexe”. “I wanted a fun place to live, a place where every day is thrilling, a quiet place to think,” he says.
Ando, on the ultimate home, to Robin Harding for the Financial Times: “Please write this,” he says. “A church is a home town for the spirit, a place where the spirit lives. Big or small. It’s the home of the spirit so when you go there you feel relief. You feel the... View full entry
Tadao Ando's sprawling Santa Fe compound for Tom Ford hits the market at $75M
Whatever canvas he is given, whether it's a highly constrained urban lot or a sweeping New Mexico landscape, Tadao Ando rarely falters. Cerro Pelon Ranch, the two compounds he designed for former architectural student turned fashion maven/filmmaker Tom Ford, is no exception.Enormous... View full entry
New renderings of Tadao Ando's living wall in Manhattan
As luxury condominiums go, 152 Elizabeth Street displays an unusual rigor and finesse: this is not an exercise in overindulgence, but in refined balance. With its 32,000 square feet split between seven individual residences, Tadao Ando's floor-to-celling windowed, burnished... View full entry
Tadao Ando and Elyn Zimmerman win the 2016 Isamu Noguchi Award
The Noguchi Museum in New York announced the one and only Tadao Ando and artist Elyn Zimmerman as the 2016 recipients of the Isamu Noguchi Award. Established in 2014, the award recognizes individuals whose work conveys collaborative, multi-disciplinary, and innovative qualities like that of... View full entry
Zaha Hadid: My design for the New National Stadium is not the problem
According to a statement issued on Zaha Hadid's website, the project-ending cost of the New National Stadium is not the fault of the design, but rather the "inflated costs of construction in Tokyo, a restricted and uncompetitive approach to appointing construction contractors, and a restriction on... View full entry
“I thought, ‘What?’ when I heard it would cost ¥252 billion,” Tadao Ando says about National Stadium
World-famous architect Tadao Ando was astonished to learn that the design he chose for the new National Stadium would cost ¥252 billion to build, he said at a press conference Thursday, where he spoke for the first time since the swelling cost became an issue.
— The Japan News
According to Reuters, the massive ballooning in the construction costs of Zaha Hadid's relatively unpopular proposed design for Japan's National Stadium are not the fault of the chairman of the design committee, Tadao Ando: "Soaring construction and labor costs, along with a rise in Japan's... View full entry
Editor's Picks #421
Amelia Taylor-Hochberg penned What makes an artless museum?, which reviewed the February Sky-lit event/preview of the new Broad Museum. Therein she argues that it provided "an opportunity for the architecture to be treated as a relational art object, but not so it could be handled with velvet... View full entry
There is nothing so stable as change: Nick Taylor, director of BIG's 2WTC video, and McShane Murnane of Project M Plus on Archinect Sessions #34
Easily the biggest news of last week, and probably of this year, was the unveiling of BIG's design for 2WTC. For a project of such status, on such a highly charged site, representation must be handled with expert care – so to dig a bit deeper into the splashy video introducing 2WTC, we spoke... View full entry
Tadao Ando amid serious health concerns: "Just being alive isn’t sufficient."
Ando has always been up for a challenge. Recently he is tackling some of his biggest obstacles yet. He’s had several major surgeries for cancer. But he’s not letting this slow him down. [...]
Ando was diagnosed with cancer, and first had his gallbladder and duodenum removed. Then, more cancer turned up, and his pancreas and spleen were taken out. [...]
“People live as long as they’re meant to. So, we might as well make every effort we can, until we die.”
— NHK World
Despite the serious health worries, the 73-year-old Ando isn't slowing down much. Just last week, we published further details of his first building in New York City, 152 Elizabeth Street, which is currently under construction.Read Archinect's interview with Tadao Ando from 2012: Tadao Ando... View full entry
Tadao Ando shares his design ambitions for 152 Elizabeth Street in New York
Tadao Ando's first ever NYC building — the brutalist condo tower project 152 Elizabeth Street — is kicking into high gear with the release of new renderings, photos of the completed sales gallery, floorplans for the first residences coming on the market, the launch of a new website for the... View full entry
Further details on Tadao Ando's NYC luxury condo tower
At the corner of Elizabeth and Kenmare Streets at the edge of NoLIta, demolition work began in early March to make way for a seven-story condominium, Mr. Ando’s first stand-alone project in the city, although he has designed a restaurant (Morimoto in Chelsea) and residential interiors in Manhattan.
Sales are expected to begin in April, with prices [...] likely to rise to more than $30 million for the four-bedroom penthouse, according to Mr. Steinberg.
Previously:New details on Tadao Ando's upcoming residential project in NYC's NoLItaTadao Ando to design first residential building in New York View full entry
Q&A: Annabelle Selldorf On the New Clark Art Institute
“I started to cry a bit when I saw the finished result for the first time this morning,” said architect Annabelle Selldorf at the June 27 press preview of the newly expanded Clark Art Institute in Williamstown, Massachusetts. [...] Visitors might have similarly emotional reactions to the results, including Pritzker-winner Tadao Ando’s multipurpose visitor center, which prioritizes circulation and the views of lush hills behind the Clark [...].
Previously: Tadao Ando's New Clark Art Museum is Berkshires, with Bilbao Ambitions View full entry
Tadao Ando's New Clark Art Museum is Berkshires, with Bilbao Ambitions
After 14 years of talking, of battles, and of construction, and in one of the more ambitious reimaginings of a regional museum ever, the art-rich Clark has opened a new building, plopped a lake behind it and expanded to a 140-acre campus.
It opens July 4, and it is magnificent—mostly—but we’ll get to that.
New details on Tadao Ando's upcoming residential project in NYC's NoLIta
The first renderings are out for Tadao Ando's first project in New York City, 152 Elizabeth Street, a 32,000 sq.ft "ultra-luxury" condominium building to be constructed at the corner of Kenmare and Elizabeth Street in NoLIta in Manhattan. New York-based luxury residential development firm Sumaida... View full entry