Tadao Ando has imagined and designed beautiful, uncluttered, deeply moving places, mostly in Japan, for 40 years. He is largely self taught in architecture and was once a boxer.

Fumihiko Maki came to my town twice and spoke about his work as someone might describe their backyard garden. He seems to understands the art of designing buildings in a way that a bird understands the art of nest building. He is a brilliant architect and a very humble man. The combination is unforgettable.

Other architects (like these) keep appearing in Japan who have a wonderful sense of small, beautiful, quiet buildings. If you lived in those spaces, you’d just have to be less worried and confused, wouldn’t you? More images here.