Tadao Ando's architecture

Tadao Ando's architecture

Explore the wonderful art and architecture of Tadao Ando

There's much to learn about Tadao Ando on Naoshima. Ando is one of Japan's most eminent architects and designer of several galleries and museums on the island. Inspired by Japanese Shintoism, Ando's designs often use sparse concrete forms and empty space to emphasise nothingness and the beauty of simplicity.

We can arrange special access to Benesse House's Oval - a wonderful structure sunk into the forest floor at the top of hillside and reached by a small funicular railway. The central courtyard has a large oval-shaped pool; a liquid sculpture reflecting the beauty of the Seto Inland Sea.

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Tadao Ando's architecture

located in Naoshima

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    Art and the Seto Inland Sea

    All over the world, the finest art is found almost exclusively in big cities. But Japan has always done things differently, and on this itinerary you'll discover that Japan's true artistic heart lies not amid skyscrapers and neon but amongst the rural islands of the Seto Inland Sea.

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    Discover Japan's artistic heart among the islands of the Seto Inland Sea.

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