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When I think of some of my earlier work, it really seems a fortunate coincidence that I succeeded.
When I came to America in the '60s, it was the place to be. I wonder if I'd come here today.
We want our buildings to work like a machine that will create a pleasurable environment.
We prefer synthetic rather than natural materials. Natural products are almost too valuable. Wood is much harder to produce than metal. And metal is recyclable, while wood isn't.
We are creating a unique experience. It's starts with how you see the building from a distance.
Transparency is not the same as looking straight through a building: it's not just a physical idea, it's also an intellectual one.
The architecture profession has lost a lot of its integrity, especially in the USA. The general architect here has no scruples, no ambitions.
The American attitude towards efficiency and execution should always underlie architecture.
Sometimes I have to accept a job I don't really want. Hardly anybody comes up to you with a commission; it's all competitions these days.
Most architects say: I want to use this type of glass, even if it's too reflective or doesn't let enough light in. However, the use of a certain type of glass might change the comfort level.
It's my goal to make a building as immaterial as possible. Architecture is a very material thing. It takes a lot of resources, so why not eliminate what you don't need as long as you're able to achieve the same result?
In Europe, they're more demanding, the ones that rent the build ings.
In Europe, architects consider themselves artists. They think they're special when they win a competition.
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