Richness of meaning / Robert Venturi

I am for richness of meaning rather than clarity of meaning; for the implicit function as well as the explicit function. – Robert Venturi2 Photograph: Robert Venturi and Denise Scott Brown. Photograph by Andreas Laszlo Konrath From Complexity and Contradiction in Architecture (1966),  Nonstraightfoward Architecture: A Gentle Manifesto

Peter Zumthor

Tension between Interior and Exterior / Peter Zumthor

And suddenly there’s an interior and an exterior. One can be Inside or outside. Brilliant! And that means – equally brilliant! – this: thresholds, crossings, the tiny loop-hole door, the almost imperceptible transition between the inside and the outside, an incredible sense of place, an unbelievable feeling of concentration when we suddenly become aware of being enclosed, of something enveloping us, keeping us together, holding us – whether we be many…


In Memoriam of Zaha Hadid: A passionate Architect

When you are overworked and exhausted, there is a sense of kind of delirium and that’s why I think architects do all-nighters and they kind of do those deadlines. For four days I remember doing four nights in one row with no sleep. I mean nobody, unless you are crazy, would do that, but you are totally focused on the…

Kengo Kuma Portrait
Architecture, Japanese Architecture

Importance of Traditions

I didn’t have a job in Tokyo for 10 years. I was designing small buildings in the countryside. I worked with a craftsman and studied how to use natural materials in those 10 years. From this experience, I learned the great aspects of Japanese traditional architecture. I started to design traditional Japanese architecture and foreign people took notice of the…