A building is hard to judge. It takes many years to find out whether it works. It's not as simple as asking the people in the office whether they like it.
Chinese buildings are like American buildings, with big footprints. People don't care about daylight or fresh air.
I think the younger generation, the people poised to dominate the workforce, are more socially conscious. They are more demanding in terms of environment and how that environment contributes to their life.
You don't know what the Chinese expect in the way of beauty. The presentation is just a farce. You come into a room filled with 50 people and they don't talk to you. There's very little interaction.
Most architects say: I want to use this type of glass, even if it's too reflective or doesn't let enough light in. However, the use of a certain type of glass might change the comfort level.
Critics are entitled to have an opinion, but how can they judge how comfortable a building is? No critic is smart enough to judge how a building will perform over time.
America has always imported history.
A city building, you experience when you walk; a suburban building, you experience when you drive.
We are creating a unique experience. It's starts with how you see the building from a distance.
For me, though, the fun is over when I get the job.
A good engineer thinks in reverse and asks himself about the stylistic consequences of the components and systems he proposes.
German and English firms operate internationally, while French firms do not. The only place where they all have work is in China. Anybody can sell himself in China!
We want our buildings to work like a machine that will create a pleasurable environment.
When I think of some of my earlier work, it really seems a fortunate coincidence that I succeeded.
In Europe, they're more demanding, the ones that rent the build ings.