Quiet Architecture: Watch as Tadao Ando Sketches Out a Concrete Icon for New York City

Almost two years ago, images of Japanese architect Tadao Ando’s debut project in New York, a luxury apartment building in the Nolita neighborhood of Manhattan, were revealed. With the building now well on the way to completion, the cultural moviemakers at Nowness caught up with the master of minimalism, and Ando expands the story behind his design for one of this year’s most anticipated residential projects. Watch the architect as he sketches out the concept for Ichigoni at 152 Elizabeth Street: “A living space should be a sanctuary,” explains Ando. “It has to be a place where you reflect on your life. When one arrives home, there’s a very tranquil feeling. This project is about that.” The architect goes on to describe the material and atmospheric qualities he hopes to achieve with his latest building. “It’s made of the materials that represent the 20th century. Iron, concrete and glass. It is quite silent and very attractive. Here is where you most feel, ‘I’m living in New York.’” The architect also reflected on the unique context of this famous metropolis, highlighting the potential inherent within its eclectic social and cultural makeup. “I find New York fascinating because ...
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