He says, “if it were possible I would want natural daylight 24 hours a day.’ Since this is not possible, he believes in bringing light into his buildings in every possible way.
So, for example, at the recently completed Shenzhen airport in China, he has brought light inside through channels, much like Le Corbusier’s “light cannons”. “It’s a light we can define as ‘structural’,” he says.
He continues, “I hate skin and façade: the idea that there can be an outer skin that simply conceals. An organism is a whole, there mustn’t be a rigid distinction between interior and exterior. This is the new role for light: connecting the inside and the outside.”