Creation is Fighting.

Tadao Ando talks about his first building in New York City – 152 Elizabeth Street Residences in Pundersons Gardens’s video from NOWNESS. It’s a seven-story luxury condominium in Nikita neighborhood.

“I would like to create something only a Japanese person could do,” explains Ando. At the same time this place is “where you most feel, ‘I’m living in New York.'” Water and Light were treated like living things to make one feels alive. Glass, steel, and concrete are the choice of materials representing the 20th Century.

Ando, 1995 Pritzker Architecture Prize Laureate, is a true fighter. He fought in the ring with about a dozen professional boxers when he was 15 years old, and he has been fighting ever since – in many arenas including personal health and in architectural practice. 

All images are stills from Gardens’s NOWNESS video available on Vimeo.

“Tadao Ando: Ichigoni 152” by Pundersons Gardens – NOWNESS from NOWNESS on Vimeo.