Absence : Ando

Architecture is usually defined by the presence of conditions– the conditions, for example, of the bounding walls, the prescribed function and circulation of the space.

This, however, is challenged by the architecture of Tadao Ando which is defined by the conditions of absence. In this particular building he creates a void which takes the shape that resembles a cross, a religious person might see a cross but a non religious person might see it as just a opening in the wall. So he uses negation in the space to give meaning to it and only exists in the presence of light.

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