“Talk about beauty and you get boring answers, but talk about ugliness and things get interesting.”

“There are essentially two possibilities. One is to be, shall we say, an average architect and do the same thing everywhere. The other is to let yourself be inspired and even changed by the unique qualities of the place where you’re building. We always try to take the second approach.”

“Architects work in two ways. One is to respond precisely to a client’s needs or demands. Another is to look at what the client asks and reinterpret it.”

“Asia is still dominated by skyscrapers. I hope that, in European cities, it will become a declining trend. They were almost never necessary.”

“Find optimism in the inevitable.”

“The great problem of the concert hall is that the shoebox is the ideal shape for acoustics but that no architect worth their names wants to build a shoebox.”

“It is not possible to live in this age if you don’t have a sense of many contradictory forces.”

“A building has at least two lives – the one imagined by its maker and the life it lives afterward – and they are never the same.”
Remment Lucas “Rem” Koolhaas

Rem KoolhaasPhoto by Dominik Gigler

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Seattle_Central_Library,_Seattle,_Washington_-_20060418Seattle Public Library

 

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