It's difficult to find a house with no map at 3 o'clock in the morning in a foreign country and where you don't speak the language.
More Quotes from Ben Nicholson:You can just drift unhappily towards this vision of heaven on earth, and ultimately that is what architecture is a vision of: Heaven on earth, at it's best.
MTV lets us do whatever we want. For me, there is freedom in serving an experienced client who knows what they want and has the money to do it. MTV is that for us.
I'm just interested in meditating on certain ideas, and I like to draw: that's my way of thinking.
I have a book of buildings from 25,000 BC. These are huts built out of mammoth bones. These buildings were beautifully made, from the bones of the body into shelter.
They arranged for me to go to The Royal Academy, to study with one of the best life drawing professors in the world. That's how I learned.
Student journeys which were important to me were Sicily, Greece, and Egypt, where I really saw these buildings, and that is where you're able to grasp what things mean.
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I was taken in by the bravado and the sounds of Mexico... not so much the music, but the spirit.
Now that I'm gone, I tell you, don't smoke.