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Hi, I'm Estan Cabigas, a freelance photographer from the Philippines and available for work and collaboration within the ASEAN region. TenZeroFour is my Architecture and Interiors website and blog.

Tadao Ando: Times Building, Kyoto

The Times building in Kyoto, popularly known as I (built in 1984) and II (built in 1991, back portion) is a commercial space that carries the architect’s trademark style of bare concrete in minimalist design. It is the first of two works in the city, the second is the Garden of Fine Arts just beside the Kyoto Botanical Garden which was built in 1994.

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The Times building was designed like a boat floating on the river, in reference to the takasebune, flat boats in the 17th century that navigated through the Takase River, the one beside the structure, as it goes around Kyoto transporting different kinds of goods. Although there have been side stories about how Ando was stubborn in having his way when this was built, I can’t verify the source.

What is important though is how this building, compact in size, surprises visitors with its distribution of spaces and the way walls, marking boundaries into the semi-labyrinthine paths intersect and flow. And how the interplay of light and shadows, chasing each other at different times of day and season brings a certain kind of unpredictability.

Tadao Ando: Times Building

Tadao Ando: Times Building

Tadao Ando: Times Building

Tadao Ando: Times Building

Tadao Ando: Times Building

Tadao Ando: Times Building

Tadao Ando: Times Building

Tadao Ando: Times Building

Tadao Ando: Times Building

Times
Sanjo Dori, Kyoto
Kyoto Prefecture
Japan

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