Overview

From his studio in Osaka, Japan, Pritzker Prize–winning architect Tadao Ando produces minimalist, poetic riffs on the built environment, including quiet, meditative spaces for churches, museums, housing, and retail shops. Formerly a boxer, Ando now designs walls from smooth-as-silk concrete, but he also has a love of wood: Ando’s newest work in the U.S., the Clark Art Institute in Williamstown, Massachusetts, is clad in cedar, and part of his plan as a board member of Tokyo’s bid for the 2016 Olympics is simply to plant more trees.