Since architecture involves something inherently hard and heavy, there are times that the softness of cloth becomes intensely desirable, so spending time selecting a curtain fabric may well be an attempt to relieve the stress of designing buildings. When I learned about the passion that Carlo Scarpa had for fabric and the demanding requests he made of craftsmen to alleviate the hard, heavy characteristics of architecture, the sense of affinity I had for his architecture increased.
However, not satisfied with the beauty of curtains alone, I have taken on the reckless challenge of creating architecture using cloth a number of times.
When I was asked to design a tearoom for the garden at Frankfurt’s Museum Angewandte Kunst, the museum director advised me that if made from wood, it might well be vandalised in the space of a day.
I therefore decided to use...