Church on the Water, Shimukappu, Japan
Architect: Tadao Ando
About Tadao Ando
Tadao Ando is a self-taught architect from Osaka, Japan. He was training to be a boxer before deciding to pursue architecture. Attending night classes to learn how to draw, he launched his own design studio in 1968 under the name Tadao Ando Architects and Associates.
The Church on the Water incorporates some elements of the modernist architecture which the architect confesses were influenced by Le Corbusier’s works. It also brings a new interpretation of the traditional Japanese architecture. Different to the confined spaces we normally see in traditional churches, in this project Ando designed an open plan allowing a wide view of its surroundings. The cross placed in the middle of the pond (exposed to the weather) and composing the view across different seasons, provides the visitors an amazing spiritual experience. – Mauro Nakashima