Tadao Ando Quotes

The speed of change makes you wonder what will become of architecture.

Change Quotes, Wonder Quotes

I don't look so closely at women's fashion, but from the 20th century on, people have had the freedom to express themselves and their individualities, and fashion is one of the most fundamental ways in which they do this, men and women are equally able to express themselves.

Freedom Quotes, Women Quotes, Men Quotes

You cannot simply put something new into a place. You have to absorb what you see around you, what exists on the land, and then use that knowledge along with contemporary thinking to interpret what you see.

Knowledge Quotes, Thinking Quotes

 

I think of the past and the future as well as the present to determine where I am, and I move on while thinking of these things.

Future Quotes, Thinking Quotes

My hand is the extension of the thinking process - the creative process.

Thinking Quotes

In the West there has always been the attempt to try make the religious building, whether it's a Medieval or Renaissance church, an eternal object for the celebration of God. The material chosen, such as stone, brick, or concrete, is meant to eternally preserve what is inside.

God Quotes, Material Quotes, Religious Quotes

Italy is full of historical buildings. And Europe holds a great history of philosophy from Greece until today. I read all those books and see these buildings, and I think of where I stand when I design my architecture.

Great Quotes, History Quotes, Philosophy Quotes

All architecture has a public nature, I believe, so I would like to make a public space.

Nature Quotes

When you look at Japanese traditional architecture, you have to look at Japanese culture and its relationship with nature. You can actually live in a harmonious, close contact with nature - this very unique to Japan.

Nature Quotes

I am interested in things happening around me, and I need to understand what's going on in other artistic sectors like music and literature.

Literature Quotes, Music Quotes

Since I am a Japanese man who's been building through the experience of Japanese architecture, my actual designs come from Japanese architectural concepts, although they're based on Western methods and materials.

Experience Quotes, Material Quotes

Without this spirit, Modernist architecture cannot fully exist. Since there is often a mismatch between the logic and the spirit of Modernism, I use architecture to reconcile the two.

Logic Quotes

I hope that America as a whole, and especially its architects, will become more seriously involved in producing a new architectural culture that would bring the nation to the apex - where it has stood before - and lead the world.

Hope Quotes

I hope America can also be the cultural leader of the world, and use this frontier spirit to lead and show others that we need courage to go places where we have not gone before.

Courage Quotes, Hope Quotes

I believe that architecture is fundamentally a public space where people can gather and communicate, think about the history, think about the lives of human beings, or the world.

History Quotes

In Italy, there are so many significant architectural structures in history such as the Pantheon in Rome, or the Duomo.

History Quotes

If I can create some space that people haven't experienced before and if it stays with them or gives them a dream for the future, that's the kind of structure I seek to create.

Experience Quotes, Future Quotes

I would like my architecture to inspire people to use their own resources, to move into the future.

Future Quotes

When I design buildings, I think of the overall composition, much as the parts of a body would fit together. On top of that, I think about how people will approach the building and experience that space.

Experience Quotes

The computer offers another kind of creativity. You cannot ignore the creativity that computer technology can bring. But you need to be able to move between those two different worlds.

Technology Quotes, Creativity Quotes

At the same time, I would add that the American people have a lot of courage.

American Quotes, Time Quotes, Courage Quotes

People tend not to use this word beauty because it's not intellectual - but there has to be an overlap between beauty and intellect.

Beauty Quotes

There is a role and function for beauty in our time.

Time Quotes, Beauty Quotes

When I draw something, the brain and the hands work together.

Work Quotes

Working in Tokyo has convinced me that, contrary to what people think, it is actually one of the world's most beautiful cities.

Work Quotes

Spiritual space is lost in gaining convenience. I saw the need to create a mixture of Japanese spiritual culture and modern western architecture.

Spiritual Quotes