If I can create some space that people haven't experienced before and if it stays with them or gives them a dream for the future, that's the kind of structure I seek to create.
But in Japan, there's nothing like that, since the temple is made of wood. The divine spirit inside the building is eternal, so the enclosure doesn't have to be.
When I draw something, the brain and the hands work together.
You can't really say what is beautiful about a place, but the image of the place will remain vividly with you.
When I design buildings, I think of the overall composition, much as the parts of a body would fit together. On top of that, I think about how people will approach the building and experience that space.
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.
If you give people nothingness, they can ponder what can be achieved from that nothingness.
In the West there has always been the attempt to try make the religious building, whether it's a Medieval or Renaissance church, an eternal object for the celebration of God. The material chosen, such as stone, brick, or concrete, is meant to eternally preserve what is inside.
My hand is the extension of the thinking process - the creative process.
Without this spirit, Modernist architecture cannot fully exist. Since there is often a mismatch between the logic and the spirit of Modernism, I use architecture to reconcile the two.
I would like my architecture to inspire people to use their own resources, to move into the future.
I think of the past and the future as well as the present to determine where I am, and I move on while thinking of these things.
There is a role and function for beauty in our time.
All those involved in the construction of an architectural design, from the architect to the builder, have an attachment to the architecture, although it's difficult to quantify the attachment.
You cannot simply put something new into a place. You have to absorb what you see around you, what exists on the land, and then use that knowledge along with contemporary thinking to interpret what you see.
The speed of change makes you wonder what will become of architecture.
I believe that the way people live can be directed a little by architecture.
I believe that architecture is fundamentally a public space where people can gather and communicate, think about the history, think about the lives of human beings, or the world.
Japanese architecture is traditionally based on wooden structures that need renovating on a regular basis.
Look at London or Paris: they're both filthy. You don't get that in Tokyo. The proud residents look after their city.