Japan Pavilion Expo 92′ by Tadao Ando

Tadao Ando designed the japan Pavilion for the 1992 International Exposition in Seville, Spain. The pavilion is an enormous wooden building.

Japan Pavilion in 1992 expo

Aim of the Japan Pavilion

The aim of the pavilion was to acquaint people in the rest of the world with the traditional aesthetic of japan, an aesthetic based on unadorned simplicity. The mission of this project was to reinterpret wood architecture with leading-edge contemporary technology and create a building that embodied tradition and modernity, technology and culture.

Japanese pavilion exterior view

Tadao Ando and Wood as a material

Ando usually tries to create spaces that communicate the Japanese spiritual character, using modern materials such as concrete, steel and glass.

Here, however, he had a different objective: to reinterpret the technology of Japanese wood architecture by means of contemporary technology.

Japanese pavilion from inside

The curved exterior walls laminated lap siding evoke Japanese tradition. However, Ando had no intention of forcing traditional Japanese culture on visitors; the roof is made of Teflon-coated fabric.

Japan Pavilion first floor plan

First floor pla

This pavilion was constructed with materials, skills and workmen gathered from the United States, Europe and Africa,

The exchange of art, information and technology was important element of the project; it was from that exchange that this building was born.


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