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Punta della Dogana

Floornature, July 6, 2009
Tadao Ando Punta della Dogana/The new interior at Punta della Dogana in Venice
Tadao Ando Punta della Dogana/The new interior at Punta della Dogana in Venice
 
C.G.: Well, I think the sign of his appreciation is definitely the two museums that you have designed for him. Going back in time in 2005, when you completed Palazzo Grassi, can you trace the similarities or the major differences between the two projects, obviously I'm talking about Palazzo Grassi and Punta della Dogana.



T.A.: You know, Palazzo Grassi was from the beginning a museum,
was a museum already, so this also the reason why what I did was 
to re-produce, re-create an environment that could be right for that place, because it was a building from the 17th century so what I did it was like polishing its cover, it was just to re-create this atmosphere. This one, this was not a museum at the beginning, this was a building from the 15th century, what I wanted to do was to preserve all the walls but, at the same time, I also wanted to have a challenge with architecture and also this is the reason why I wanted to turn this building and I can say that in this very case, for this very building I also put inside some of my own architecture.

Tadao Ando Punta della Dogana/Punta della Dogana Museum.
Tadao Ando Punta della Dogana/Punta della Dogana Museum.
 
Tadao Ando Punta della Dogana/Punta della Dogana Museum.
Tadao Ando Punta della Dogana/Punta della Dogana Museum.
 
C.G.: Speaking about your "own architecture" I cannot avoid to mention your sign in architecture which I think is your personal use of concrete, which has influenced most of the new generations of architects.
I'd like to know which is the material, among the innovative ones, that you like and prefer to work with today. 



T.A.: You know, we're actually people from the 20th century, so what were the most used materials of the 20th century? It was iron, concrete and glass, so concrete has been used so much that it has been called like the marble of the 20th century. So what I wanted to do was to use a material that anybody can use but to make an architecture that nobody else could do. This is the reason why I wanted to have this building from the 15th century linked to the 20th century, 
I wanted to create an architecture with this material that nobody else could make.

Tadao Ando Punta della Dogana/Punta della Dogana Museum.
Tadao Ando Punta della Dogana/Punta della Dogana Museum.
 
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