– “Think of the building as an instrument that’s picking up all these sounds. So it’s addressing the hydrology, it’s addressing the geomorphology. It’s addressing the typography, the wind patterns, light patterns, altitude, latitude, the environment around you, the sun movements. It’s addressing the summer, the winter and the seasons in between. It’s addressing where the trees are, and where the trees are will tell you about the water table, the soil depth, climatic conditions.”
– “This is my statement: Any work of architecture that has been designed, any work of architecture that has the potential to exist, or that exists, was discovered. It wasn’t created. Our role” — and the “our” seemed to refer to everyone on the planet — “is to be the discoverer, not the creator.”
The text and photography courtesy of Glenn Murcutt.
– “My uniqueness when compared to the other architects working on sustainable design is my attention to materials. I do not trust calculations and designs of architects whose base their work on calculations do not render me at peace. I convey character and peace into my buildings through using the organic materials present where the building belongs.”
– “The reason why I like wood is that it is very familiar with the body. The longest dimension of a piece of wood is about three meters. It’s not that different to our body size, and we can carry wood very easily without machines”, he describes. “Concrete is not so friendly to the body, and if we can make every environment of wood, the total environment can be very friendly to a human being. A space is not a visual object, but the space and the body are in a kind of a collaboration. They are experienced together.”
The text and photography courtesy of Kengo Kuma.
– “My father was a brilliant and very well known engineer. Dad taught me about technology, in terms of construction and its values, so you can always trace the mathematical and structural integrity of our buildings.”
– “I learnt from an early age that if you drove a truck anywhere but on the tracks you’d leave a scar on the land for 20 years,” he says. “The things that you learnt were so clear and basic and true to survival they come back to play an intimate part in your thinking.”
– “I’m much more an explorer than I am a refiner.
– “Environmental considerations and romantic considerations, are two things, – connected and highly considered—at the crux of his architecture. “A house is not an object, it’s an artistic, beautiful, inspirational means of being in a place, and if a building is not going to be uplifting it’s not going to do you any good. Designed with an intent to be poetry, or to communicate, or to shift people’s thinking.”
– “Sustainability is how the Aborigines used to look after the land … the respect that was nurtured socially between them, their respect for the greater world and all its relationships, that’s what sustainability is. The landscape is a gift, it’s not something to be taken for granted. It’s got a huge capacity to teach us lots of things about calm and energy and about materials, about light and shade and peace of mind.”
The text and photography courtesy of Peter Stutchbury.
SHOEI YOH, HAMURA
– “I have been dreaming of an ecological and beautiful architecture with a rational optimum natural form which follows natural law and natural phenomena. There is a hidden approach that creates a space of free connections between ideas generated by their mutual synergy, which constructs an elastic design in which certain relevant issues and strategies of fluid architecture flow. ”
– “I have been trying to design based on such a romantic dream of man, nature, and technology.”
– “My Phenomenological Architecture is responding to Natural Phenomena which is in a deforming process and always temporary in process, constantly changing and never be static as time introduces tremendous diversity. In the process, nothing is permanent or eternal in our oriental thoughts.”….”It would be in a process of aging, restoring hopefully, and preserving exceptionally, as a part of natural phenomena.”
– “The culture lives long for many centuries, some wooden and stone structures have stood over 1,300 years, but civilization has been taken over. History tells us what is the most important to live long…. Simplicity, Beauty, Fluidity, Elasticity without energy consumption, just exactly like a traditional Japanese Architecture and Culture, which survives as long as the community sustains itself.”
– “We need to find the key to open peaceful world where everybody respects his or her ancestors and surrounding nature. Sustainability of a family and a community is the purpose of Ecology, isn’t it?”
– The text and photography courtesy of Shoei Yoh, Hamura.