INTERIORS: THE GREATEST ROOMS OF THE CENTURY: Texts for publication by Phaidon Press

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I was commissioned by Phaidon Press to write 100 entries for their publication Interiors: The Greatest Rooms of the Century. Among the selection were rooms designed or inhabited by Mies van der Rohe, Antonio Gaudi, David Chipperfield, Frank Lloyd Wright, Charlotte Perriand, Dieter Rams and Adolf Loos.

Nestled at the foot of Rokko mountain range, the house’s living room sits at the end of one of two parallel rectangular blocks of reinforced concrete. Entered from the upper level, this sparsely furnished, double-height space appears strikingly stark for a living room, with its walls that look just the same inside as out. But, in true Ando style, ornamentation comes in the form of the constantly changing light: narrow slit skylights at the edges of the room’s ceiling cast shafts of sunlight and shadow that move across the blank concrete throughout the day. A series of picture windows, placed deliberately low, frame views of the surrounding nature, fulfilling the client’s request that the space engender an awareness of changing seasons – and mirroring Ando’s own philosophy that the boundary between architecture and nature should remain porous.

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