• 02/06/2016
  • lapinloves


If ever there was an architectural wunderkind, Osaka born Tadao Ando must be it. Aside from the so-called "Nobel" prize for architecture, the Pritzker Prize, Ando won just about all prestigious architectural awards and prizes present. Without ever being schooled as an architect.

Autodidact Ando initially taught himself carpentry. At the age of 15 he stumbled upon a book of Le Corbusier and was henceforth obsessed by architecture. He travelled across the globe, armed with a sketchbook and gathered insights about the discipline.

In 1969 he founded his own architecture office.

Characteristic for his style are, among other things, his predilection for minimalistic and concrete designs in balance with natural elements such as water, light and wind. His buildings are known for their well-thought out positioning in the environment in which they stand.

Lapin is particularly inspired by the artistic craftsmanship of this self-made carpenter-turned-architect.

Or how talent, dedication and motivation are sometimes all you need to fabricate exquisite creations!


Written by Laurent Lootens, owner and Founder of Lapin Quotidien and So-Phi.