Simplicity. I think it’s obvious from looking at this blog that I like simplicity. Keeping things simple is easy for me to follow and admire. It’s not always that easy to keep life simple. Living with other people means consideration for their needs is required. Sometimes, keeping our life simple is forced on us due to economic circumstances. However, compromise can often help create amazing results.

The reason I mention this is due to me flicking through a book on the creative work of a Japanese architect I stumbled across last year, while on Amazon. He is Tadao Ando. His design for the ‘Church of the Light’ in Osaka is beautiful, in my opinion, and is witness to the creative genius of this man. This building demonstrates how the monetary and spacial restrictions he had to work with didn’t prevent him from creating an amazing space for his clients.

The use of concrete throughout the structure would not appeal to some people, but I love the cave-like cocoon it creates for the parish when they need solitude to pray. When the people gather as a community the building can provide a spacious and comforting haven for prayer. However, the most striking element of Ando’s design is the use of the cruciform opening through the grey concrete walls. He uses the natural environment and sunlight to create the centrepiece of this building and equally shows the strong symbolism associated with this religious structure.

At the moment, I worship his work from a distance by reading this book, and appreciate the work of the photographer who captured Tadao Ando’s work. I would love to stand within this building to experience the minimalist, effective and sacred design; to appreciate the light he brings into the concrete rectangular structure; to sit on the simple furniture that rests within the church.

For now, I’ll simply keep dreaming.

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