When looking at house design, one of the best pieces of advice given to me was to follow the old adage: “Less Is More”.  #truth

I have spent a lot of time in design over the years, and I’m going to share a few of my favourite Architects in the next couple of posts. One of my favourites is Tadao Ando.  He was based out of Osaka Japan, and his starting point in his design was to capture the most fundamental activity of human “living”. I am intrigued by his use of simple shapes, and his symbiotic dialogue between architecture and nature. He regularly used cast in place concrete, infusing a sensitivity to treatment of natural light and heavily leaning into an engagement with nature.

Ando had a largely self-taught architectural education that included apprenticeships, night classes, and visits to renowned buildings across the world. His architectural work brought him to the global stage during the 1980s, and in 1995, the Pritzker Architecture Prize was formally presented to him within the walls of the Grand Trianon Palace at Versailles, France.

On my trip to Paris last year I was pleased to see a display of his design work, photographs and drawings as well as some models at one of the many museums and art galleries there. What I like about Ando’s work is his creativity and expressiveness even in the complexity of design. Yet, even in the intricacy of the detailed design, still allowing the simplicity of the space speak out volumes and setting up the ability to generate an atmosphere and interaction between contrasts and overall artistic expression.