This portrait will take a close look on the prize winning Samurai Architect Tadao Ando
Tadao Ando is a world-renowned architect and the recipient of the Pritzker Architecture Prize, considered to be the Nobel Prize of architecture. He has captivated people around the globe with elegant concrete designs that reflect the Zen principle of simplicity. In sharp contrast to Ando’s refined minimalist creations, the 72-year-old former boxer and self- taught architect has an aggressive personality, a sharp tongue and a unique sense of humor. These seemingly contradictory traits add to his appeal, and when combined with his demanding sense of discipline and his keen aesthetic sense, they help to explain why he has been called the “Samurai Architect.” This documentary will follow Ando over a period of one year and unveil his creative process. Special emphasis will be given to his current projects in China. Ando is facing his biggest challenge ever – designing for the Chinese, with whom he has both artistic and technical differences.