Taipei, Jun 2 (CNA) “Tadao Ando: Endeavors,” a traveling exhibition showcasing the international works of the eponymous architect, opened Thursday at Songshan Cultural and Creative Park in Taipei.
The exhibition will remain in its current location until September 13, featuring more than 300 exhibits, including hand-drawn drawings, models and photos, as well as a 1:1 recreation of the famous “Church of the Light” by Ando, in Osaka, Japan.
The exhibition is on a world tour, with Taiwan as the last stop. The show debuted in Tokyo in 2017 and has since traveled to Paris, Milan, Shanghai and Beijing.
During the expo’s opening press conference, Ando spoke virtually with sponsors, guests, reporters and members of the public via video call.
To encourage people to visit the show, Ando announced that he would be making a copy of his Church of Light for the girlfriend of the event’s 50,001st visitor.
During the appearance, the famous Japanese architect said he would like to design a children’s library in Taiwan if the opportunity arises.
This is Ando’s response when asked if he would like to design another architectural work in Taiwan after his former Asia University Museum of Modern Art.
Ando then approached Lee Chung-yi (李忠義), chairman of the Jut Land Development company which is sponsoring the Taipei expo and said he would be interested in partnering with the consortium to build a children’s library. in Taiwan.
Lee immediately agreed, prompting Ando to say he would waive his design fee.
If the project comes to fruition, it won’t be Ando’s first children’s library. The Nakanoshima Children’s Book Forest in Osaka is one of the architect’s most recognizable works.
According to Ando, building children’s libraries helps cultivate modern aesthetics in young minds.
In the post-event presser, Lee said Ando mentioned his interest in designing a children’s library in Taiwan for many years, part of his desire to give back to society.
Lee also said Ando is currently partnering with the consortium on a number of projects, including residential buildings and art museums.