“For us to deem a work of architecture elegant, it is not enough that it look simple; we must feel that the simplicity it displays has been hard won, that it flows from the resolution of a demanding technical or natural predicament. We admire starkly simple works that we intuit would, without immense effort, have appeared very complicated.”

– Alain de Botton


“Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.”

– Leonardo da Vinci

“The details are not the details. They make the design.”

– Charles Eames

“Architecture, of all the arts, is the one which acts the most slowly, but the most surely, on the soul.”

– Ernest Dimnet

“Our experience of architecture should improve, the closer we get to it. And for that matter, the longer we use it.”

– Kevin McCloud

“Architecture is really about well-being. I think that people want to feel good in a space… On the one hand it’s about shelter, but it’s also about pleasure.”

– Zaha Hadid

“Architecture should speak of its time and place, but yearn for timelessness.”

– Frank Gehry