The essence of Minimalism is simplicity, but simplicity without depth is merely cheap. It is not enough.
I don’t believe architecture has to speak too much. It should remain silent and let nature in the guise of sunlight and wind.
In all my works, light is an important controlling factor.
I want to create a space that moves people. It doesn’t matter if it is a house, or a museum, or whatever. So, it is somebody sitting on that lawn, just going around and around and feeling really happy. That is something that I’m striving for.
When you look at Japanese traditional architecture, you have to look at Japanese culture and its relationship with nature. You can actually live in a harmonious, close contact with nature — this very unique to Japan.
I hope to achieve simplicity, but I also hope to achieve depth … I believe it is important that architecture should be a space where you feel spiritually empowered.
I like ruins because what remains is not the total design, but the clarity of thought, the naked structure, the spirit of the thing.
I want to make something which no one else could, a very quiet piece of architecture … I would like to make architecture that has that subtle sensitivity. I would like to create something that only a Japanese person could do.
To create architecture is to express characteristic aspects of the real world such as nature, history, tradition and society, in a spatial structure, on the basis of a clear, transparent logic.
If you give people nothingness, they can ponder what can be achieved from that nothingness.