The greatest mental construction of all
—the one that strikes me as being the most poetic—
Is the idea mankind has of a possible life after death.
To me it seems to have been the motor of the greatest architectural innovations.
All the great structures deal with the problem of death
—the pyramids, gothic architecture—
But at the same time,
I try to serve the object,
to become the object.
If museums are just places where things can be stored,
Then we dishonor objects.
An object has to find its place before it can live.
I see materials as letters we use to write our poetic thoughts.
We work with letters—an alphabet—we write a story.
The story and its structure are inseparable.
The poetic idea needs the support of structure to exist.
by Sverre Fehn