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Self-taught Japanese architect Tadao Ando has always expressed that his favorite medium to work with is concrete. Several of his world-famous designs - including Ichigoni 152, his first body of work in New York - employ the material, which many often dismiss as being too dreary and cold, unable to enliven a space because of its dense quality.

However, it's in the way Ando arranges his structures to introduce light and warmth that makes concrete such a viable resource. His self-built studio in Osaka is proof that exposed concrete can still feel inviting, achieved through "simple geometries [that] draw delicate yet dramatic plays of light and shadow in space."

PORT magazine recently had the opportunity to sit down with Ando to discuss his work insights for its 18th issue. Check it out here.

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