Joost van Santen Light Art | contact | background | documentation | adress | links | start page

Tadao Ando, Architect designing with light
Meditation Space, Unesco Paris, France, 1994-1995 . The meditation space created by Japanese architect Tadao Ando. Located in the incredibly peaceful Japanese garden at the back of the Unesco building. The floor of this simple and serene structure is paved with tiles irridiated at Hiroshima on August 6, 1945. 7, place de Fontenoy.
The Church of Light (1989), designed by Japanese architect Tadao Ando, is a building imbibed with the power of space and light. Located in the quiet suburb of Ibaraki, Osaka, Japan. In 1995 Ando won the Pritzker Prize for his Church of Light, the equivalent of the Nobel Prize in the field of architecture. The accomplishment shows us that one may create powerful spaces even with such a limited pallette through the careful use of materials, natural elements, and form.
My work with daylight is inspired by the architecture of Tadao Ando.
See Joost van Santen Daylight Art in Architecture.

As an architect, Ando is self-taught; he never studied at a university school of architecture. He is impressed by the effect of light filtering through the high windows into farmhouses in the snow north of Japan. The sharp contrast of light and shade in the streets of medieval Italian cities reignited this memory.

Ando's work springs from the subconscious. At the intersection of light and silence we become aware of'nothingness', a void at the heart of things. One of the leading features of Ando's interiors is their profound emptiness. His architecture is using a simple geometry of cubes and cylinders, bare concrete walls, solids and voids, light and darkness.