The images shown here are of Fabrica, Benetton’s communication research centre. Created in 1994 from Benetton’s cultural heritage, it was restored and expanded by the Japanese architect Tadao Ando.
Ando is the only living person to have won architecture’s four most prestigious prizes: Alvar Aalto Medal, Pritzker Prize, RIBA Royal Gold Medal and AIA Gold Medal. This is even more fascinating when you learn that he never had any formal training in the field.
Born in Minato-ku, Osaka, Japan, and raised in Asahi-ku in the city, he has led an eventful life, working as a truck driver and boxer prior to settling on the profession of architecture. He visited buildings designed by renowned architects like Le Corbusier, Ludwig Mies Van der Rohe, Frank Lloyd Wright and Louis Kahn before returning to Osaka in 1968 and established his own design studio, Tadao Ando Architect and Associates.
If you are paying attention, you’ll know that Tadao Ando designed the book stand for photographer Sebastiao Salgado’s epic work, Genesis, which I posted earlier today and the library for the Shiba Ryotaro Memorial Museum in Osaka, posted by Marc.
The images shown here were taken by photographers Francesco Radino and Sebastiano Scattolin.