You cannot simply put something new into a place. You have to absorb what you see around you, what exists on the land, and then use that knowledge along with contemporary thinking to interpret what you see.
My hand is the extension of the thinking process - the creative process.
I don't believe architecture has to speak too much. It should remain silent and let nature in the guise of sunlight and wind
I would like my architecture to inspire people to use their own resources, to move into the future.
I believe that the way people live can be directed a little by architecture.
The speed of change makes you wonder what will become of architecture.
It wasn't that I had any great dream of being an architect. I just wanted to make things. Whether it was furniture, painting, interior design, or architecture. I just wanted to create something.
I think architecture becomes interesting when it has a double character, that is, when it is as simple as possible but, at the same time as complex as possible
Since I am a Japanese man who's been building through the experience of Japanese architecture, my actual designs come from Japanese architectural concepts, although they're based on Western methods and materials.
In Architecture there is a part that is the result of Logical Reasoning and a part that is created through the Senses. There is always a point where they Clash. I don't think Architecture can be created without that Collision.
All those involved in the construction of an architectural design, from the architect to the builder, have an attachment to the architecture, although it's difficult to quantify the attachment.
I like ruins because what remains is not the total design, but the clarity of thought, the naked structure, the spirit of the thing.
Without this spirit, Modernist architecture cannot fully exist. Since there is often a mismatch between the logic and the spirit of Modernism, I use architecture to reconcile the two.
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.
Italy is full of historical buildings. And Europe holds a great history of philosophy from Greece until today. I read all those books and see these buildings, and I think of where I stand when I design my architecture.
Japanese traditional architecture is created based on these conditions. This is the reason you have a very high degree of connection between the outside and inside in architecture.
Japanese architecture is traditionally based on wooden structures that need renovating on a regular basis.
If you give people nothingness, they can ponder what can be achieved from that nothingness.
All architecture has a public nature, I believe, so I would like to make a public space.
Spiritual space is lost in gaining convenience. I saw the need to create a mixture of Japanese spiritual culture and modern western architecture.
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