Church of the Light

Tadao ANDO

1/15 - 4/11/2020

To ensure the safety of our communities and help to prevent the spread of COVID-19, Tadao Ando "Church of the Light" will be temporarily closed. We will announce the reopening date and schedule on our website, Instagram and Twitter, but we apologize for the inconvenience. Thank you for your understanding.

Akio Nagasawa Gallery is pleasure to announce the new exhibition Church of the Light by Japanese architect Tadao Ando.

This exhibition which will be held for the third time at Akio Nagasawa Gallery in Ginza, introduces Ando’s masterpiece Church of the Light through different medium including photos taken by Ando himself, drawings, scale models and lithographies.
Furthermore during the show, an original interview regarding Ando's architectural and project ideas will be screened.

We are looking forward to seeing all of you during the exhibition.


Tadao Ando, born in 1941 is one of the most renowned contemporary Japanese architects. Characteristics of his work include large expanses of unadorned architectural concrete walls combined with wooden or stone floors and large windows. Active natural elements, like sun, rain, and wind are a distinctive inclusion to his style. He has designed many notable buildings, including Row House in Sumiyoshi, Osaka, 1976, which gave him the Annual Prize of Architectural Institute of Japan in 1979, Church of the Light, Osaka, 1989, Pulitzer Foundation for the Arts, St. Louis, 2001, Armani Teatro, Milan, 2001, Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, 2002 and 21_21 DESIGN SIGHT in Tokyo, 2007. Among many awards he has received are; Gold Medal of Architecture, Academie d'Architecture (French Academy of Architecture) in 1989, The Pritzker Architecture Prize in 1995, Gold Medal of the American Institute of Architects in 2002, and Gold Medal of Union Internationale des Architectes in 2005. Ando is an honorary member of the American Institute of Architects, the American Academy of Arts and Letters, as well as the Royal Academy of Arts in London. He was also a visiting professor at Yale, Columbia, UC Barkley, and Harvard Universities.


Ando Tadao Kenchiku wo Ikiru

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Tadao Ando 1 Houses & Housing (English and Japanese Edition)

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  1. Self educated as an architect, Ando has forged a distinct style which rests heavily on his preference for the use of concrete in his designs. This volume collates a selection of housing projects chosen by the architect himself which he considers to be significant turning points in his career. A total of 19 projects, some unrealized, are comprehensively surveyed through full page colour photographs and sketches, plans and details.

Tadao Ando 2 Outside Japan (English and Japanese Edition)

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Accompanying an earlier volume surveying houses completed by Ando, this second part focuses solely on buildings built predominantly in the Western world, in particular, the USA, England, Germany, France and Italy. Handsomely produced, all projects are complemented by observations and commentaries by Ando himself, clearly photographed in full colour and accompanied by plans, models and sketches. A total of 26 works are extensively examined, including attention to notable details, the location and site of the building, and of course Ando's hallmark use of concrete. A useful chronological table of projects dating from 1990 to 2008 places the examined works in the context of the architect's wider development.

Tadao Ando 3 Inside Japan (English and Japanese Edition)

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Third and final volume in the series examining selected works designed by Tadao Ando over his 40 year long career as an architect. Inside attention is paid to Andos public building projects realised in Japan, including art galleries, museums, religious buildings, commercial buildings, schools libraries and railway stations. Questioning the meaning of public facilities and challenging preconceived ideas, Ando has pioneered a new mode of public architecture in Japan. Buildings are extensively illustrated with full colour photographs and accompanied by technical drawings, models and several essays.

Tadao Ando 4 New Endeavors (Japanese and English Edition)

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The fourth collection of works by architect Tadao Ando in a series that has introduced the architects diverse body of work on residential, domestic, and overseas projects. Breaking the series mould, this volume presents works from small domestic residences to large overseas projects, including projects in Asia that have attracted interest in recent years. Each of the nineteen featured works is accompanied by visual material. An overview of Ando's urban projects, which he has continued alongside his years of urban greening work, are extensively presented with texts and photographs. In addition, this edition offers a glimpse of the newer challenges Ando has undertaken.

Tadao Ando 0 Process and Idea (English and Japanese Edition)

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Comprehensive survey of the works of Tadao Ando from his early projects in the 70s to his most recent work. Includes Fuku House, Wall House, Koshino House, Suntory Museum+Plaza, Chapel on Mt.Rokko, Umemiya House, Izu Project, Nariwa Museum, Langen Foundation/Hombroich Omotesando Hills, Chichu Art Museum, Punta della Dogana Contemporary Art Centre, Abu Dhabi Maritime Museum and many more.

Geijyutu Shincho (November, 2015)

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Tadao Ando special issue