Right now I have been living for one and half month in Japan, the design capital of the world. As an architecture intern, my initial mission in Japan is to visit every single building that I have ever saw in Archdaily. I even prepared a building bucket list that is ready to be ticked off. It can't bee further from reality. Apparently, the long hours of work leave me in sleep mode every time the weekend turns up. Yeah right. I will be trying SO HARD to stay away from architecture and everything associated with it. But last week, I finally do a pilgrimage to one of Tadao Ando's works.
Ando is known for his use of concrete in his works and his consistency in minimalism. When visiting 21_21, I am amazed by how he create such a memorable entrance. The building seems very simple yet futuristic, its roof sweeping on the floor. But after I step inside, I am welcomed by a huge void that extends 10 m deep downwards. I am automatically reminded of my studio in my first year, particularly case studies about Le Corbusier's architectural promenade experience in Villa La Savoye.
The Interplay between Light and Dark
Tadao Ando is most well known work is the Church of Light, near Osaka, that is playing with the subtlety of light coming through concrete slits. In this building Ando play with the tension of extremely well lit space and very dark space. And boy, it's not only beautiful, but add a whole new level of depth to the space.
Overall, I am very impressed on how this museum feels very homey. It surprisingly radiates comfort and warmth, despite of the all rounder concrete material. Thanks to sturdy looking concrete floor and walls, the sofas look extra fluffy! It's nice to see the space to actually being used by local people to read and stuffs. The exhibition is also very engaging and entertaining. It was really worth every penny.