A Terrace that Embraces the River
Designed by Tadao Ando and completed in 1984, TIME’S is a commercial building located in the downtown district of Kyoto city. The restricting conditions of the site that extends far lengthwise along the river with a narrow width facing onto the road had been a challenge to work with. Ando however, secured circulation of activity by creating a hybrid space that integrates aspects of a garden and passage, which continues through from the entrance to the rear yard. In the middle of this “garden passage” a terrace that comes almost level to the river’s surface was provided. Although it is a small commercial building the considerations of the design are not only efficiency orientated, and as a result the building provides visitors with the opportunity to revisit and contemplate the relationship between environment, architecture, nature and lifestyle.