My desire is not just to create a living space to solve the changing needs of a house,
commercial area, or public spaces, but to also create a living environment that makes those in it by the sole fact of being in it, and those who see it, happy. I want not only those owning and residing in the building, but those living by or just passing by it to feel moved and feel the unique characteristic of the building. It is more important to me to create an "open" environment with my designs than the actual building themselves. My meaning of the word "open" is a place that is well suited for people, and allows them, as human beings, a comfortable place and time to just be. This is a quite different from designing a building for the pursuit of function and convenience. Even though some might find this concept vague and a little hard to understand, I believe that it is this vagueness that is the basis of current designs.
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- The JIA Top 100 Architects Award 2014 Special Prize