Tadao Ando is one of my favourite architects, and the church of light and the Oval at Benesse House are two stand-out pieces for me. His signature work in minimalist concrete, using light and geometry as the main features.
Ando said the following in an article for the Pritzker Prize, “In all my works, light is an important controlling factor, I create enclosed spaces mainly by means of thick concrete walls. The primary reason is to create a place for the individual, a zone for oneself within society… Such things as light and wind only have meaning when they are introduced inside a house in a form cut off from the outside world. ”
I thoroughly enjoyed this video made by Nuno Moser: