I do not write, I build.
I tell you, it is easier to build a grand opera or a city center than to build a personal house.
Architecture is not merely national but clearly has local ties in that it is rooted in the earth.
Once I tried to make a standardization of staircases. Probably that is one of the oldest of the standardizations. Of course, we design new staircase steps every day in connection with all our houses, but a standardized step depends on the height of the buildings and on all kinds of things.
Even the smallest daily chore can be humanized with the harmony of culture.
The ultimate goal of the architect…is to create a paradise. Every house, every product of architecture… should be a fruit of our endeavour to build an earthly paradise for people.
Every one of my buildings begins with an Italian journey.
The very essence of architecture consists of a variety and development reminiscent of natural organic life. This is the only true style in architecture.
The most difficult problems are naturally not involved in the search for forms for contemporary life. It is a question of working our way to forms behind which real human values lie.
Building art is a synthesis of life in materialised form. We should try to bring in under the same hat not a splintered way of thinking, but all in harmony together.
Architecture belongs to culture, not to civilization.
We should work for simple, good, undecorated things, but things which are in harmony with the human being and organically suited to the little man in the street.
We have almost a city has probably two or three hundred committees. Every committee is dealing with just one problem and has nothing to do with the other problems.
Just as it takes time for a speck of fish spawn to develop into a fully grown fish, so, too, we need time for everything that develops and crystallizes in the world of ideas. Architecture demands more of this time than other creative work.
The tubular steel chair is surely rational from technical and constructive points of view. It is light, suitable for mass production, and so on. But steel and chromium surfaces are not satisfactory from the human point of view.