For me beauty is valued more than anything - the beauty that is manifest in a curved line or in an act of creativity.
My work is not about 'form follows function,' but 'form follows beauty' or, even better, 'form follows feminine.'
Architecture is invention.
Curves are the essence of my work because they are the essence of Brazil, pure and simple.
Right angles don't attract me. Nor straight, hard and inflexible lines created by man.
I like talking to priests, to Catholics. Everyone has their beliefs.
Of course, I have given my engineers some headaches over the years, but they go with me. I have always wanted my buildings to be as light as possible, to touch the ground gently, to swoop and soar, and to surprise.
It is not with architecture that one can disseminate any political ideology.
It was the drawing that led me to architecture, the search for light and astonishing forms.
Surprise is key in all art.
I search for surprise in my architecture. A work of art should cause the emotion of newness.
Architecture will always express the technical and social progress of the country in which it is carried out. If we wish to give it the human content that it lacks, we must participate in the political struggle.
Architecture is my work, and I've spent my whole life at a drawing board, but life is more important than architecture. What matters is to improve human beings.
The challenge of a cathedral is very good for architectural inventiveness.
There is no reason to design buildings that are more basic and rectilinear, because with concrete you can cover almost any space.
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