His churches fill non-believers with awe. His name attached to a museum is often a bigger draw than its collection. And his private homes have architecture buffs worldwide dreaming about a glimpse. Thus it’s a no-brainer that this week’s selection for our Just Booked series (our twice-monthly showcase for travel-related coffee-table books) is the freshly updated, XXL, Ando. Complete Works 1975–Today by Philip Jodidio from Taschen.
There are few architects over the past half century who inspire the reverence Tadao Ando does. Even photos of his work, such as the gigantic ones in the new edition from Taschen, seem to quell something in the viewer. The 77-year-old architect also seems to straddle numerous influences and periods, bringing them all together as Jodidio says, to become “an architect who sought and found the keys to adapting modern architecture to the needs of this time.”
It covers, in depth, his most significant works both through photography and his architectural drawings. The book is sure to satiate all fans of the architect, and create new ones out of those who have not come across his work.
Ando. Complete Works 1975–Today by Philip Jodidio from Taschen ($60)