It’s of vital importance in the case of drawing that the imagined space that appears in the drawing, and the space that the drawing suggests, must look convincing in both reality and in the drawing. What happens is that space can be drawn in an image and the image has spatiality. These two: the drawing translating space and spatiality – can be brought closer or pushed further away from each other. In other words, the drawing translating space – separated from the space that it represents – is given a new meaning as a two-dimensional depiction. This becomes an especially vital question in the design of interior spaces.
Drawing is terribly important. You sit down with a blank piece of paper and you have to invent a house. Computers are irrelevant at this point, they can’t invent a house. Drawing gives rise to new ideas, so drawing and the idea are built upon each other. A continual dialogue begins between the drawing and the idea. Very often a change of direction in an idea comes from a move of the hand. Of course it’s more complicated than this because how you draw also depends upon your way of thinking, education, technique, and to some degree on how skilful you are.
The drawing is not important to the external world but rather because through it I can put my own thoughts in order. You either draw nicely or not; you are either understood or you’re not; but the only way I can come to know my own design is through drawing it and seeing it. For me, it’s my personal and biological experience that when I draw, in a spiritual sense, I live through the process of a house being built. When I come up with something in a drawing, – and the idea comes together – it fills me with the same kind of amazement as when I first see the completed structure of a house that I designed.