74-year-old Japanese architect Tadao Ando—a Pritzker Prize winner (in 1995) and former boxer—is known for his masterful use of concrete. So it's no surprise that his studio is, essentially, a love letter to the rugged material. And though concrete is better known for its brutish looks than its warmth, Ando manages to make his all-concrete studio look eminently covetable.
In a series of photographs taken for British magazine Port, viewers can take a tour of the studio, in the Japanese city of Osaka. The space was originally conceived as a private home, commissioned by a young couple expecting a child. When they were surprised by news that one child on the way was actually two and would be too small for their needs, Ando took over, eventually expanding the structure three times to accommodate his growing practice.
On his work and, by extension, his studio, Ando says:
"My intention is to create a specific space that does not exist autonomously of its site, using common materials that we can find anywhere in the world, like concrete, which consists of sand, stone and cement.
I believe that the emotional power in architecture comes from how we introduce natural elements into the architectural space. therefore, rather than making elaborate forms, I choose simple geometries to draw delicate yet dramatic plays of light and shadow in space."
∙ Inside Tadao Ando's self-built studio in Osaka [Designboom]
∙ All Architects coverage [Curbed]
∙ The Bridges of Hiroshima Prefecture [Meridian]