In the April 2022 issue of the National Credit Union Association’s magazine, “Shinyou Kinko,” another interview article related to “vectorfield architects” was published. In this article, Hideo Yano, the representative, was interviewed by Hirokazu Tanaka, who is leading the “Hirokazu Tanaka Movement” with the goal of setting a Guinness World Record for gatherings of people with the same name. We have received permission to reproduce the interview here.
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Continuing from the previous discussion, we are in conversation with architect Hidehiro Yano, who, after working for many years at Tadao Ando’s architectural firm in Osaka, established the “Space Art Research Institute” in his hometown, Yamagata City, in 2015. His work that earned the Good Design Award in 2021 began with the reconstruction of the Yamagata Tax Accountants’ Association Building and expanded into an urban landscape improvement project for Yamagata City, utilizing the historical “Yamagata Gosho,” a network of canals dating back to the Edo period. When we think of the role of an architect, we typically associate it with building design, but the breadth of Yano’s scope, extending from landscaping to urban design, reflects the influence of his mentor, Tadao Ando.
- Your encounter with Ando architecture was significant for you. Could you tell us more about it?
Indeed, I want to apply what I’ve learned from Tadao Ando, and because I spent many years by his side, his influence inadvertently seeps into my work.
For me, the introduction to Ando’s architecture goes back to my childhood in Kiyamachi, Kyoto. When I was in junior high school, my mother told me, “There’s a fancy building being constructed on the corner of Sanjo Bridge in Kiyamachi. It’s still under construction, so we’re not sure if it’ll even stand. It looks like it might be submerged in the Takase River.” She was referring to “Times Building (TIME’S),” completed in 1984, a masterpiece by Tadao Ando known for harmonizing with its environment. That left a profound impression on me.
What I feel connects my work in Yamagata City to what I learned from Tadao Ando is the desire to incorporate those lessons and experiences. Having served alongside him for many years, it naturally influences my approach.