‘Colours of Light’ provides spectacular visuals of Tadao Ando’s iconic – primarily concrete – works

Tadao Ando: The Colours of Light is the spectacular result of ten years’ collaboration between Pritzker Prize-winning architect Tadao Ando and acclaimed photographer Richard Pare. Pare’s exquisite photographs of Ando’s iconic work offer an unparalleled insight into his creative process in this captivating tome. Phaidon is proud to publish a new edition featuring gorgeously remastered photography, multiple fold-out pages and three varieties of paper which bring this beautiful volume to life.

This remarkable exploration of Ando’s career between 1985 and 1996 represents an impressive cross-section of his work; discover the breathtaking Kidosaki House in Tokyo, the Church on the Water in Hokkaido and the Naoshima Contemporary Art Museum and Annexe as well as buildings specially commissioned for Benetton in Treviso and the Meditation Space for UNESCO in Paris. In his exclusive foreword to the book Ando notes that Pare possesses a unique ability to reveal spaces within the work that even the architect has not yet contemplated.

Pare thoughtfully communicates the essence of Ando’s architectural vision by portraying parts of the building as well as the whole and skilfully framing his shots at eye-level allowing the reader to experience the buildings as a real visitor would. These exceptional photographs capture the graceful interplay of natural light and shadow, reflecting the architect’s belief that light and wind are just as important as wood and concrete.

Complementing the portfolio, Tadao Ando: The Colours of Light also contains an insightful introductory essay by award-winning architect Tom Heneghan and hand-drawn sketches by Ando himself. A detailed appendix documents each fascinating project with a comprehensive specification and meticulous line drawings followed by a chronological list of major works worldwide.

Beautifully bound with one of Pare’s most devastatingly elegant images, Tadao Ando: The Colours of Light is a work of art in itself. This definitive monograph is a stunning testament to the work of both architect and photographer. Sophisticated and sleek, this luxury edition will appeal to architects as well as those with a passion for art and photography as a truly compelling example of the virtues of artistic collaboration.

Tadao Ando is Japan’s leading contemporary architect. Working primarily in structural concrete, Ando’s impact on world architecture cannot be overstated. Among his many accolades, he received the Pritzker Prize in 1995.

Richard Pare is consulting curator of photography for the Canadian Center for Architecture and has exhibited at the Art Institute of Chicago and the Museum of Modern Art in New York.