Delighted to meet you, master architect

When designers who are supposed to be making good design accessible to the many speak over the heads of their target market, well, Houston, you know what we’ve got.

It seems a lot of designers and architects are of the “If you can’t dazzle them with your brilliance, baffle them with your b***s**t” school of thought. We think some are making up for their lack of brilliance by being incomprehensible.

Because really, the true design luminaries are straightforward and speak simply, like Marc Newson (see previous post) and the delightful Pritzker Prize-winning architect Fumihiko Maki, who we met this week when he launched his newest residential project, Skyline@Orchard.

When Fumihiko-san spoke about his design philisophy, he quoted Vitruvius. He said he always aims for the three elements of architecture that Vitruvius defined: usefulness, strength and – much more than beauty – delight. Walking through the Skyline@Orchard showflat, we saw all function and utility, and were immensely delighted by the simple contemporary Japanese style of the interiors. Strength of the building, of course, remains to be seen as it is not yet built. But Japanese architects know their earthquake-capable design very well, so we’re sure Fumihiko-san’s building will fare well.

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