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25 December 2017

the cross of the light

Tadao Ando is the one of the Pritzker awarded and probably the most famous Japanese architect of the decades. ( related page is here ) He designed so many architecture from small houses to the huge complex buildings, but this small church he created at his early career is the best known. (BTW this photo was shot by mistake, but I like it)

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Ando's works includes mockups and drawings were shown at the exhibition in Tokyo. And his famous "church of the light" was litelary duplicated on the courtyard of the museum. The real size mockup is almost the same to the original church, concrete formed walls and used wood floor. Only difference is no glass on the cross shaped slit, however that was in his original plan.

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I like the details of the church, especially the light effect designed by utilizing the gap between simple elements of the structure. It's also cleverly emphasizing the texture of the concrete walls.

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The exterior appearance is not conspicuos, quite natural enough to fit the emvironment.

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The outside of the cross is like this, so hard to identify it was a church if you don't know the the strong image from inside.

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