Tadao Ando Talk At The Hammer


Los Angeles has its fair share of Pritzker Prize-winning architects—Frank Gehry, Thom Mayne, (sometimes) Richard Meier—so its not that unusual to rub elbows with an award winner. However, Japan-based winner Tadao Ando doesn’t lecture in L.A. very often, so the Hammer Museum is offering the rare chance to hear him speak (through a translator) next week.

Ando is architecture’s equivalent to Secretariat. He’s the only architect to have won all four of architecture’s most prestigous prizes: the Pritzker, Carlsberg, Praemium Imperiale, and Kyoto Prize. He’s best known for his cast-in-place concrete works, and for design that conforms to the landscape, rather than the other way around. His work is also infused with a Japanese sensibilty that embraces spareness, a minimalism that Tom Ford appreciated when he hired him to design his ranch in Santa Fe.

One of the projects we’re most curious about is Ando’s work on an eight acre site in Malibu, shrouded in secrecy (for now). Done in collaboration with wHY ARCHITECTURE, the private residence sits on the bluffs above Paradise Cove. The only details we’ve been able to uncover is this description from wHY: “This house features architectural concrete construction with simple geomtric [sic] forms with rich and unfolding spatial sequences. The use of natural light, which filters through skylights and slit windows, enhance the tectonics of the concrete form.” The house was reportedly commissioned by a celebrity, but no one is talking.

The lecture begins at 7pm on March 8th at the Hammer Museum, with a book signing immediately before, from 6:30-7pm. The comprehensive monograph of Ando’s work was recently published by Taschen, Ando’s Complete Works to Date 1975–2010.   The museum doesn’t accept reservations or RSVP’s for this lecture, and the program is free, on a first come, first served basis.

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