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Christine Sicangco (designer)
Susan Brady-Abadan (thesis advisor)
Kotaro Nakamura (thesis advisor)


September 1993


Today, Tadao Ando stands preeminently among those architects who use daylight as an important design element and material in their architecture. As a creator of spaces using introspection Ando uses light as a material which much like concrete, metal and glass in his architecture. Ando recognizes that daylight is one of the most powerful form givers available to the designer and uses it. He understands the importance of light as a principal medium and uses it to enrich his architectural spaces.

Tadao Ando’s architecture can be described as architecture of geometry and light. As Le Corbusier once stated: “Architecture is the masterly, correct and magnificent play of masses brought together in light.” This is evident in Tadao Ando’s works where light cannot be separated from architecture.

This thesis will prove how daylight in its most basic and primal form was an important design element and material which Tadao Ando uses in an effort to impart the essential strength necessary for his architecture to have integrity and substance.



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