Tadao Ando is a Japanese self-taught architect whose approach to architecture was once characterized as critical regionalism. Ando has led a legendary life, working as a truck driver and boxer, before settling on the profession of architecture. Striking is the fact that he never took any formal training in the field. With the significance of his signature material, that is concrete, Ando has often been granted the title of Urban Guerrilla.

While most of his works are world-renowned, this article will bring light to a set of obscure projects of his that are equivocally astonishing

Tadao Ando- 9 Lesser known Project
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1. AKITA MUSEUM OF ART

The Akita Museum of Art building is an impressive portrayal of contemporary planning, marking a focal point of Akita city. Planned by globally eminent designer Tadao Ando, its unique triangular structure endeavors to join Akita individuals with social creation in the midtown zone. This triangular-molded structure has two extra galleries for whirling shows, which features numerous works by Tsuguharu Foujita, who was motivated by the area’s magnificence and day-to-day life. While visiting, one must stop by the bistro and exhibition hall search for nearby artworks and a dazzling perspective on Senshu Park.

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2. KAMINOGE STATION

The smooth and round rooftop, a circular opening, and the splendid station yard with many glass windows are just several of the fabulous features of this fabrication. This spectacular station was structured by the legendary architect, Tadao Ando. The extraordinary design of this station consummately fits in with Kaminoge’s energy for craftsmanship, as it is home to an art museum and art college. The notable ‘Omotesando Hills’ and Fukutoshin line Shibuya station’ are likewise some of Mr. Ando’s novel works. This elegant edifice serves as the icing over the cake for the subtle extravagances of Kaminoge city.

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3. ONOMICHI CITY MUSEUM OF ART

The Museum of Art in Onomichi, Hiroshima, is situated on the head of the mountain sitting above the town and the close-by islands. It was structured by world-renowned Japanese designer Tadao Ando and keeping in mind that the mix of current glass and steel with the customary bent rooftop, is fascinating. This peak historical center has to change presentations of nearby and Western-workmanship. The gallery has different changing exhibitions and a bistro with extraordinary perspectives.

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4. HARMONIE EMBRASSEE OSAKA

Harmonie Embrassee Osaka is contemporary boutique lodging on the upper floors of the Chaska Chayamachi Building. The structure is situated in the midtown of Osaka, which holds the biggest bookshop in Japan. The inn is on the triangle part, which is from the tenth floor to the top. This edifice additionally contains a separate private condominium. The outside structure is a strikingly rakish solid structure planned by the world acclaimed architect Tadao Ando. Notwithstanding the inside, the hotel offers old-style norms of rich stylistic themes, lavish solace, and expert assistance.

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5. BOURSE DE COMMERCE (PARIS)

The Bourse de Commerce (Commodities Exchange) is a building in Paris, initially utilized as a spot to arrange the exchange of grain and different products, presently used to offer types of assistance to organizations by the Paris Chamber of Commerce. Initially, it had an outside-inside court that was topped by an iron vault, and the arch of the structure is recorded as a chronicled landmark. In 2017, Tadao Ando introduced driven designs to change the complex. As a feature of the task, Ando has planned a focal chamber that will be embedded into the current arrangement, framing another presentation space. The rest of the structure, including the vault, will be reestablished and adjusted.

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6. SAKA NO UE NO KUMO MUSEUM

Motivated by the novel named Saka no ue no Kumo, the Museum is an exhibition hall situated in Matsuyama, Ehime Prefecture, Japan. Meaning ‘Clouds Above the Hill’, this Japanese ancient novel was written by the legendary writer, Ryōtarō Shiba. The tale is halfway set in Matsuyama, and the historical center is identified with it. This triangle molded edifice was designed by architect Tadao Ando, and guests enjoy its exhibits while strolling along the incline.

In the planning procedure, Tadao Ando figured out the way to portray the amazing ideas of individuals from the Meiji Era. The exhibition hall was intended to be acknowledged as an itinerant circuit-style garden. The development work of the gallery began by the end of 2004 and was finished by 2006.

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7. JAENEUNG CREATIVE CENTER

The JCC, Jaeneung Culture Center, is a multi-reason complex for training and culture structured by Ando Tadao, a prestigious Japanese engineer. The nearby draftsman was Gansam Partners. The Art Center and the Creative Center structures are found near one another in Jongno-gu, Seoul. Concealed a square from the occupied Changgyeongung-to, the Creative Center shows materials, for example, uncovered concrete and slanting/triangular. It likewise had a scaffold which helped me to remember Azuma House.

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8. NAGARAGAWA CONVENTION CENTER

The Nagaragawa Convention Center was structured by Tadao Ando and developed in 1995 as the chief sports and convention meeting place for the city of Gifu, Japan. The structure is around 25,000 square feet and can settle up to 2,000 individuals to visit the huge number of games, shows, and other events put on by the city of Gifu. The Main Hall has moveable floors that make the scene changeable to oblige one’s requirements. The open windows in the International Conference Room permit the meeting to dissolve into the encompassing nature. Keeping with one of Ando’s consistent compositional topics is his substantial utilization of cement; it shows the association between the aesthetic and strength of the material when utilized perfectly. To do this and to do it so, continually makes Ando a genuinely imaginatively splendid Architect.

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9. NISHIDA KITARO MUSEUM OF PHILOSOPHY

The Nishida Kitaro Museum of Philosophy, which is composed of concrete with glass windows and a terraced garden, is a masterpiece. The plan of the structure is intended to rouse thought with an intentionally blended format that welcomes losing one’s direction, consequently driving attention on even fundamental choices like choosing a straightway. The gallery’s structure is likewise known for its harmonization with the natural and physical world that encompasses it. The museum is made out of three essential areas that are, a media library where contemporary scholars give addresses in a performance center setting, a show space on Kitaro where guests can find out about his life and contemplations, and a library of Kitaro’s work. As a building work of art, the exhibition hall is often visited by both Japanese and universal designers and craftsmen.

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Shanika Nishi
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Shanika Nishi is currently majoring in architecture. With avid interest in reading and research, she has been regularly penning down her ideas into poems. She has a vision of contributing vivaciously to the profession &further while honing her knowledge. She also believes that ‘We must do what little we can.’

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