"Italy is full of historical buildings. And Europe holds a great history of philosophy from Greece until today. I read all those books and see these buildings, and I think of where I stand when I design my architecture."
"We shape our buildings thereafter they shape us."Tadao Ando on Winston Churchill
"Whatever good things we build end up building us."Tadao Ando on Jim Rohn
"I don't build in order to have clients. I have clients in order to build."Tadao Ando on Ayn Rand
"A building has integrity just like a man. And just as seldom."Tadao Ando on Ayn Rand
"Every great architect is - necessarily - a great poet. He must be a great original interpreter of his time, his day, his age."Tadao Ando on Frank Lloyd Wright
"I believe that the way people live can be directed a little by architecture."
"If you give people nothingness, they can ponder what can be achieved from that nothingness."
"When you look at Japanese traditional architecture, you have to look at Japanese culture and its relationship with nature. You can actually live in a harmonious, close contact with nature - this very unique to Japan."
"I would like my architecture to inspire people to use their own resources, to move into the future."
"Japanese traditional architecture is created based on these conditions. This is the reason you have a very high degree of connection between the outside and inside in architecture."
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