I don't think that architecture is only about shelter, is only about a very simple enclosure. It should be able to excite you, to calm you, to make you think.— Zaha Hadid
Jaw-dropping Architectural quotations
Architecture is the learned game, correct and magnificent, of forms assembled in the light.
Architecture is like writing. You have to edit it over and over so it looks effortless
Chandeliers are marvels of drop-dead showiness, the jewellery of architecture.
Architecture appears for the first time when the sunlight hits a wall.
The sunlight did not know what it was before it hit a wall.
Architecture is really about well-being.
I think that people want to feel good in a space ... On the one hand it's about shelter, but it's also about pleasure.
Chairs are architecture, sofas are bourgeois.
To create architecture is to put in order. Put what in order? Function and objects.
I don't believe architecture has to speak too much.
It should remain silent and let nature in the guise of sunlight and wind
I have tried to get close to the frontier between architecture and sculpture and to understand architecture as an art.
Architecture should speak of its time and place, but yearn for timelessness.
Architecture is life, or at least it is life itself taking form and therefore it is the truest record of life as it was lived in the world yesterday, as it is lived today or ever will be lived.
A dress is a piece of ephemeral architecture, designed to enhance the proportions of the female body.
There are no rules of architecture for a castle in the clouds.
The purpose of architecture is to shelter and enhance man's life on earth and to fulfill his belief in the nobility of his existence.
Architecture is a small piece of this human equation, but for those of us who practice it, we believe in its potential to make a difference, to enlighten and to enrich the human experience, to penetrate the barriers of misunderstandin g and provide a beautiful context for life's drama.
I believe that architecture is a pragmatic art.
To become art it must be built on a foundation of necessity.
To approach a city, or even a city neighborhood, as if it were a larger architectural problem, capable of being given order by converting it into a disciplined work of art, is to make the mistake of attempting to substitute art for life. The results of such profound confusion between art and life are neither life nor art. They are taxidermy.
I don't know why people hire architects and then tell them what to do.
The mother art is architecture. Without an architecture of our own we have no soul of our own civilization.
One of the great beauties of architecture is that each time, it is like life starting all over again.
Architecture starts when you carefully put two bricks together. There it begins.
One can say that the city itself is the collective memory of its people, and like memory it is associated with objects and places. The city is the locus of the collective memory.
The Sun does not realise how wonderful it is until after a room is made.
One cannot make architecture without studying the condition of life in the city
Nothing in this world is more simple and more cheap than making cities that provide better for people.
Architecture is the reaching out for the truth.
The room is there for the human being - not the human being for the room.
The responsibility of an architect is to create a sense of order, a sense of place, a sense of relationship.
Organic architecture seeks superior sense of use and a finer sense of comfort, expressed in organic simplicity.
Trying to explain music is like trying to dance architecture.
I like ruins because what remains is not the total design, but the clarity of thought, the naked structure, the spirit of the thing.
Contemporary architects tend to impose modernity on something.
There is a certain concern for history but it’s not very deep. I understand that time has changed, we have evolved. But I don’t want to forget the beginning. A lasting architecture has to have roots.
Architecture is the will of an epoch translated into space.
A modern building should derive its architectural significance solely from the vigour and consequence of its own organic proportions. It must be true to itself, logically transparent, and virginal of lies or trivialities.