I know I'm old-fashioned, but there's just something about the act of looking at books versus taking in information on a screen, which is so one-dimensional. There's a sense of ownership that you have with books, a physical connection.

— Annabelle Selldorf

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When you have rules to abide by, does that curtail you as a designer, or set you free? People think of classical architecture visually, but I think the brilliant part of it is actually spatial.

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One of the things I've always loved about New York is there is so much precedent for ornament on industrial buildings.

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What I do isn't radical. It's just distinct in small ways.

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I think when you look at architectural photography it doesn't help to have piles of old clothes lying on the floor. Architectural photography sets up an artifice.

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So much of what makes a room great is how you enter and circulate through it, how it addresses the body.

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When everything is perfectly orderly and understandable, there has to be one thing that puts everything into question.

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I never like things that don't look nice. It's really that simple.

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The secret of good architecture is having more than meets the eye.

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I was brought up to reuse things.

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I'm not so interested in technology for technology's sake.

I don't need incredibly sophisticated climate-control systems. And I'm absolutely amazed at the time people spend exchanging messages; I don't have a lot of time left over for those things.

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I remember, as a young architect, people always talked about I.

M. Pei's concrete. He had a particular specification no one else knew.

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Architecture is about aging well, about precision and authenticity.

There is much more to the success of a building than what you can see. Im not suggesting that gestural architecture is always superficial, but solid reasoning has its place.

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About Annabelle Selldorf

Quotes 19 sayings
Profession Architect
Birthday 1960

Tension is an interesting quality - and architecture must have it.

There should be elements of the inexplicable, the mysterious, and the poetic in something that is perfectly rational.

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I'm inspired by looking at art, by looking at precedent.

Looking is what you have to do if you want to make things, so you develop a critical eye.

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I make spaces that are calm rather than confrontational.

I seek a certain kind of logic that allows you to move in space and perceive it as beautiful and rational. Clarity is a worthwhile quality.

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There's no architect who doesn't want to build a library - and I am no different. With so much scrutiny now attached to reading - because of technology and how we approach it as a social activity - that is a very exciting area in architecture.

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To me, the nicest luxury would be to have a room where I could keep all my books in one place - and have space for more.

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All clients think that they are architects.

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