Ando in Massachusetts

And the same photo manipulated
(where have you gone, Sugimoto?)

And speaking of Japanese serenity, another “snowy” vision –

Tadao Ando’s first building of wood, outside of Japan.

The Stone Hill Center at The Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute will open on June 22, 2008.

From the release:

The two-story, 32,000 square feet glass and wood building will house galleries, a studio art classroom, a conference room, and an outdoor café. The building will also serve as the new home for the Williamstown Art Conservation Centre.

In response to its unique (rural art museum) context, Ando has gracefully tucked the new building into its wooded hillside setting, revealing only one level when approached from its main entry to the north, east and west. A large terrace provides panoramic views of the Green Mountains and Taconic Ridge. Ando’s building will join two existing buildings on Clark’s campus.

A fourth building, also designed by Ando, which will house additional gallery and exhibition space, will be built as part of Phase II. That building is scheduled for completion in 2013.

Ando portrait courtesy Clark Institute

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