I could have been an architect, but I don't think I'd have been very happy. Nearly all modern architecture is a silly game as far as I can see.
Light, God's eldest daughter, is a principal beauty in a building.
Switzerland is a small, steep country, much more up and down than sideways, and is all stuck over with large brown hotels built on the cuckoo clock style of architecture.
A great building must begin with the unmeasurable, must go through measurable means when it is being designed and in the end must be unmeasurable.
Architecture is the reaching out for the truth.
I try to give people a different way of looking at their surroundings. That's art to me.
Architecture arouses sentiments in man. The architect's task therefore, is to make those sentiments more precise.
Architects of grandeur are often the master builders of disillusionment.
I don't build in order to have clients. I have clients in order to build.
But the building's identity resided in the ornament.
Architecture can't fully represent the chaos and turmoil that are part of the human personality, but you need to put some of that turmoil into the architecture, or it isn't real.
Each new situation requires a new architecture.
To create architecture is to put in order. Put what in order? Function and objects.
Prose is architecture, not interior decoration, and the Baroque is over.
It is not the beauty of a building you should look at; its the construction of the foundation that will stand the test of time.
Building art is a synthesis of life in materialised form. We should try to bring in under the same hat not a splintered way of thinking, but all in harmony together.
My house is my refuge, an emotional piece of architecture, not a cold piece of convenience.
Make big plans; aim high in hope and work, remembering that a noble, logical diagram once recorded will not die.
When you look at Japanese traditional architecture, you have to look at Japanese culture and its relationship with nature. You can actually live in a harmonious, close contact with nature - this very unique to Japan.
Great buildings that move the spirit have always been rare. In every case they are unique, poetic, products of the heart.
We are called to be architects of the future, not its victims.
Nothing is as dangerous in architecture as dealing with separated problems. If we split life into separated problems we split the possibilities to make good building art.
Architecture should speak of its time and place, but yearn for timelessness.
A modern, harmonic and lively architecture is the visible sign of authentic democracy.
The mother art is architecture. Without an architecture of our own we have no soul of our own civilization.
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