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Japanese Master Architect Tadeo Ando + Water

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Much has been written about the great Japanese architect Tadeo Ando. But I just noticed how very much his work seems to involve the inclusion of acceptance of the cold and wet experience of water.

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He brings water into architecture as an aesthetic element, just like other architects use light and volume.

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The central courtyards of Tadeo Ando houses have been situated so that inhabitants need to walk outside to walk between rooms of the house.

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It can rain (or snow) within this central stairway connecting rooms under an open coutyard at the heart of the Azuma House.

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The residents say they don’t mind carrying an umbrella or even actually getting wet.

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In his Church on the Water in Hokkaido, Ando treats a nearby lake, and the forest rimming it, as part of the church interior.

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Water is almost a “carpet” extending out from the floor. Shelter is not seen as protection from water.

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Romantic and mysterious, the church is a popular wedding spot for young Japanese couples.

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For his Water Temple, built far away in a small town in the isolated northern part of Awajishima Island, he incorporates a traditional circle shaped lotus pool.

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But the water forms the roof of the temple, and to enter the temple, you descend “into” the lotus pool.

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If water is used as a carpet in the Hokkaido Church on the Water, in the Water Temple water has become the roof.

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