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The Challenge is a narrative of Tadao Ando’s career, exhibited at Armani/Silos

Self-taught Japanese architect Tadao Ando displayed his works in Milan for the first time, in an exhibition titled The Challenge, reflecting on his design and creative principles.

by Jincy Iype Sep 12, 2019

“As architecture encounters various phenomena, it activates dialogues. It is these dialogues that speak to people's souls. How can i shape these dialogues to be more fundamental and more fruitful? There is no single answer to this question as every project has its own unique context. This is what makes architecture challenging. This is why it is fun." - Tadao Ando

Celebrated Japanese architect and 1995 Pritzker Prize winner, Tadao Ando, is best known for his equanimous language of architecture, evident in his works such as the Church of Light, Oval at Benesse Art Museum and Hyōgo Prefectural Museum of Art, amongst others. His designs are venerated as artfully minimal with simple geometries, exposed concrete co-existing firmly with nature, and above all, profoundly contemporary.

An exhibition documenting Ando’s architectural works was on display at Armani/Silos in Milan, during Milan Design Week this year. Titled The Challenge, this show marked the first exhibition at the eponymous fashion brand’s gallery and event space, which is purely dedicated to architecture.

The Challenge spans Tadao Ando’s career| The Challenge| Tadao Ando| Armani/Silos| STIR
The Challenge spans Tadao Ando’s career Image Credit: Samta Nadeem
  • Model of the Kidozaki House, Tokyo, Japan| The Challenge| Tadao Ando| Armani/Silos| STIR
    Model of the Kidozaki House, Tokyo, Japan Image Credit: Samta Nadeem
  • Sketches and drawings of Kidozaki House, Tokyo, Japan| The Challenge| Tadao Ando| Armani/Silos| STIR
    Sketches and drawings of Kidozaki House, Tokyo, Japan Image Credit: Samta Nadeem
  • Drawing of Kidozaki House, Tokyo, Japan| The Challenge| Tadao Ando| Armani/Silos| STIR
    Drawing of Kidozaki House, Tokyo, Japan Image Credit: Mrinalini Ghadiok
  • Sketch by Tadao Ando, at The Challenge, on display at Armani/Silos| The Challenge| Tadao Ando| Armani/Silos| STIR
    Sketch by Tadao Ando, at The Challenge, on display at Armani/Silos Image Credit: Samta Nadeem
    Sketch by Tadao Ando, at The Challenge on display at Armani/Silos| The Challenge| Tadao Ando| Armani/Silos| STIR
    Sketch by Tadao Ando, at The Challenge on display at Armani/Silos Image Credit: Samta Nadeem
  • Sketch by Tadao Ando, exhibited at The Challenge| The Challenge| Tadao Ando| Armani/Silos| STIR
    Sketch by Tadao Ando, exhibited at The Challenge Image Credit: Mrinalini Ghadiok

 The Challenge traces Ando’s meandering journey in design – from his dubious beginnings in architecture to his established pieces of design that the world has come to revere and learn from. As bewildering as it is to fathom, Ando was never trained as an architect. His distinguished style of amalgamating Japanese traditions with contemporary architecture is reflective of his process of self-education and being inspired by the works of other chief architects, such as the Swiss-French architect Le Corbusier.

Model of the Honpukuji water Temple aka Water Temple on Awaji Island, Japan| The Challenge| Tadao Ando| Armani/Silos| STIR
Model of the Honpukuji water Temple aka Water Temple on Awaji Island, Japan Image Credit: Samta Nadeem
A model at the exhibition on Tadao Ando at Armani/Silos in Milan| The Challenge| Tadao Ando| Armani/Silos| STIR
A model at the exhibition on Tadao Ando at Armani/Silos in Milan Image Credit: Samta Nadeem
  • Photograph of the UNESCO meditation space, Paris, France| The Challenge| Tadao Ando| Armani/Silos| STIR
    Photograph of the UNESCO meditation space, Paris, France Image Credit: Samta Nadeem
  • Photographs by Tadao Ando exhibited at The Challenge, at Armani/Silos in Milan | The Challenge| Tadao Ando| Armani/Silos| STIR
    Photographs by Tadao Ando exhibited at The Challenge, at Armani/Silos in Milan Image Credit: Samta Nadeem
Day in and day out, I have thrown myself into the struggle between ideals and reality while dreaming up architecture for the unseen future. And still today, after half a century, I remain eager to continue tackling the endless challenge of creating architecture. – Tadao Ando
  • Model of the Church of Light, Ibaraki City, Osaka Prefecture, Japan| The Challenge| Tadao Ando| Armani/Silos| STIR
    Model of the Church of Light, Ibaraki City, Osaka Prefecture, Japan Image Credit: Mrinalini Ghadiok
  • Model of the Church of Light, Ibaraki City, Osaka Prefecture, Japan| The Challenge| Tadao Ando| Armani/Silos| STIR
    Model of the Church of Light, Ibaraki City, Osaka Prefecture, Japan Image Credit: Samta Nadeem
Drawings, sketches and model of the Chapel on the water aka Water church in Hokkaido Shimukappu Village, Japan| The Challenge| Tadao Ando| Armani/Silos| STIR
Drawings, sketches and model of the Chapel on the Water aka Water church in Hokkaido Shimukappu Village, Japan Image Credit: Samta Nadeem

Designed by Tadao Ando in collaboration with Centre Pompidou, the exhibition follows Ando’s career, represented by over 50 projects, and illustrated with sketches, detailed mock-ups of his works, original models, technical drawings, video installations, travel notes and photographs captured by Ando himself. The exhibition was centered around four core themes: Primitive Shapes of Space, An Urban Challenge, Landscape Genesis, and Dialogues with History.

  • Photographs and sketches by Tadao Ando, exhibited at The Challenge| The Challenge| Tadao Ando| Armani/Silos| STIR
    Photographs and sketches by Tadao Ando, exhibited at The Challenge Image Credit: Samta Nadeem
  • Photographs by Tadao Ando at the exhibition| The Challenge| Tadao Ando| Armani/Silos| STIR
    Photographs by Tadao Ando at the exhibition Image Credit: Samta Nadeem
Model of the Koshino House, Ashiya, Japan| The Challenge| Tadao Ando| Armani/Silos| STIR
Model of the Koshino House, Ashiya, Japan Image Credit: Samta Nadeem
Photographs, drawings, sketches and model at The Challenge| The Challenge| Tadao Ando| Armani/Silos| STIR
Photographs, drawings, sketches and model at The Challenge Image Credit: Samta Nadeem

Sharing an affinity for minimalism and understated aesthetic, Armani and Ando also collaborated in 2001, as Armani entrusted the design and development of Armani/Teatro in Milan, to Ando. The plans of Armani/Teatro were on display for the first time at this exhibition, along with his other significant works, from Row House in Sumiyoshi – Azuma House (1976), to Project in Naoshima (1988 to today) and La Bourse de Commerce in Paris (2019), exploring and showcasing his design and creative ideologies.

Model of Bourse de commerce in Paris, France | The Challenge| Tadao Ando| Armani/Silos| STIR
Model of Bourse de commerce in Paris, France Image Credit: Mrinalini Ghadiok
Model of Bourse de commerce in Paris, France | The Challenge| Tadao Ando| Armani/Silos| STIR
Model of Bourse de commerce in Paris, France Image Credit: Samta Nadeem
Model of the Row House in Sumiyoshi – Azuma House, Osaka, Japan| The Challenge| Tadao Ando| Armani/Silos| STIR
Model of the Row House in Sumiyoshi – Azuma House, Osaka, Japan Image Credit: Mrinalini Ghadiok

“This exhibition is staged to showcase Tadao Ando's way of thinking and the constraints of his method: the way he expresses ties between East and West, between modernity and ancient tradition, and between the very physical reality of a sturdy material like cement and the more ethereal realm of the spirit. Tadao Ando has chosen a clear path that leads to the simplicity of perfection - a path to which I am proud to have contributed,” said Giorgio Armani

The Challenge showcased and rightfully celebrated Ando’s purposeful career, displaying his sense of a collaborating nature with design, working with light and water as design elements, and his creative process.

  • Drawing of Nakanoshima Project II Urban Egg 1, Urban Egg 2, Japan| The Challenge| Tadao Ando| Armani/Silos| STIR
    Drawing of Nakanoshima Project II Urban Egg 1, Urban Egg 2, Japan Image Credit: Samta Nadeem
  • Drawing of Nakanoshima Project II Urban Egg 1, Urban Egg 2, Japan| The Challenge| Tadao Ando| Armani/Silos| STIR
    Drawing of Nakanoshima Project II Urban Egg 1, Urban Egg 2, Japan Image Credit: Samta Nadeem
Model of Penthouse in Manhattan, New York (proposal)| The Challenge| Tadao Ando| Armani/Silos| STIR
Model of Penthouse in Manhattan, New York (proposal) Image Credit: Samta Nadeem
Photographs, drawings, sketches and model of Punta Della Dogana Revitalization Plan, Venice, Italy| The Challenge| Tadao Ando| Armani/Silos| STIR
Photographs, drawings, sketches and model of Punta Della Dogana Revitalization Plan, Venice, Italy Image Credit: Samta Nadeem
Photographs, drawings, sketches and model at The Challenge | The Challenge| Tadao Ando| Armani/Silos| STIR
Photographs, drawings, sketches and model at The Challenge Image Credit: Samta Nadeem
Photographs, drawings, sketches and model of the Stone Sculpture Museum in Germany | The Challenge| Tadao Ando| Armani/Silos| STIR
Photographs, drawings, sketches and model of the Stone Sculpture Museum in Germany Image Credit: Samta Nadeem

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Jincy Iype

Jincy Iype

Iype is a trained architect, who often indulges in writing and amateur photography. She was a cinephile and a melophile even before she knew what those words meant. She is inclined towards architecture journalism, and can usually be found curled up reading a book, or cooking for therapeutic relief.

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