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I have tried to get close to the frontier between architecture and sculpture and to understand architecture as an art.
There was a wish to get something exceptional, ... I also wanted to deliver something technically unique.
The most touching thing that anyone can say to me is that I have done something beautiful for the community.
I am always searching for more light and space.
You start a project as a young person and then at the end you are another person. You are ready to go for your pension.
The architect is not only the director, but he is the composer. And, as a composer, the architect brings a sense of creativity to each building.
It's very atmospheric. It's not a building that is a severe statement in the skyline. We need the height; otherwise, the building almost disappears because it is so slender.
As a building is resistant to forces acting upon it, a person must be equally tenacious in life.
The architect needs to learn to see, and to open his eyes because there is always a lesson to learn from the streets.
The way is not always easy, but in order to bring a work through to completion, you will need a strong character, a broad foundation of knowledge and an enormous force of persuasion.
Technology is a vocabulary and a language in which you can say many things.
Technology is constantly changing and brings you automatically into the present. In that way, it automatically makes you build for this time.
Later works are better because it takes a lot of time in architecture to mature. And, it takes a lot of discipline to experience everything that is changing around you.
I think it is important to be present in the places where you are working. It is not only about doing a project, but following the project through its construction.
The architect holds much knowledge, but is not a specialist. Especially with the computer and technology, the amount of knowledge an architect possesses keeps on growing.
Actually, if you look at the works of the great architects of our time, you can see that their most beautiful works are always their later works - Kahn, Corbusier, even Gehry.