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Osaka, Japan / 1975-76




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This row house can be defined as the prototype of Ando's architectural conceptions.

Winner of the Annual Prize of the Architecture Institute of Japan in 1979, this

building is the symbol of the beginning of Ando's fortune.

The meticulous attention to natural light and all the natural elements (wind, rain, materials etc..),

the union of traditional Japanese housing spaces in modern forms and materials,

the introspective isolation from the caotic modern world in favour of privacy and intimacy.

This small house is the perfect synthesis of Ando's spiritual architecture.

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