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I work anywhere between three and 10 years on a project, depending on the size. My lifetime is finite. Therefore, I have to look carefully…
I can’t be bought with money. If someone calls me and asks me to work for them for three or four years, and they’ll pay…
My first buildings, when I was about 30, were rejected for aesthetic reasons.
Normally, architects render a service. They implement what other people want. This is not what I do. I like to develop the use of the…
I’m not mainly interested in what buildings mean as symbols or vehicles for ideas.
I’ve built two wooden houses near Vals. I built them for my wife. Those were private projects.
When I concentrate on a specific site or place for which I am going to design a building, I try to plumb its depths, its…
In a society that celebrates the inessential, architecture can put up a resistance, counteract the waste of forms and meanings and speak its own language.
Architecture to me is whole. I cannot say I only care about this 25% and the other 75% I let go… it’s just I want…
The bottom line may be that my inventing buildings is, indeed, a very private kind of activity. But it’s done to be shared. It is…
Architecture has its place in the concrete world. This is where it exists. This is where it makes its statement.
If I look at history, it seems that most wars and most cruel things have been done by men and not by women.
I think the chance of finding beauty is higher if you don’t work on it directly. Beauty in architecture is driven by practicality. This is…
I design for the use of a building and the place and for the people who use it… the reputation for arrogance comes because when…
What I try to do is the art of building, and the art of building is the art of construction; it is not only about…
Small museums are great. Big museums are a drag.
My relationship to plants becomes closer and closer. They make me quiet; I like to be in their company.
If, early on, you know how things are put together, then you can build. The architect is in charge of making – he is not…
I grew up in a craftsman’s home, where things were done with our own hands. I did cabinetmaking for four years and I hated it.
You feel a certain way in a glass or concrete or limestone building. It has an effect on your skin – the same with plywood…
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