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ARCHITECTURE I admire: Tadao Ando


Intended as the reconstruction of an existing 250 year old temple, KOMYO-JI TEMPLE, Saijo, Ehime, Japan - 1999-2000, was to be "a place where people would come to gather together". 

Ando insisted that his design, consisting of three layers of interlocking beams supported by sixteen columns in four groups, should represent something of a return to the founding principles of wooden temple structures.  Open lattice walls allow ample daylight to penetrate into the main sanctuary hall and light from the surrounding reflecting pool adds a variety and liveliness to the otherwise inanimate forms. 



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