"When we are astonished by a building, it is often because we don't fully
understand it. In such a case, we strive to close the gap between what
we see and what we already know of architecture. As we do this, we may arrive at the truth
of the design — or we may simply fill the gap with plausible-sounding
explanations that turn out to be wrong."
Long ago, in his delightfully slim book The Nature and Art of Workmanship, David Pye convincingly demolished the very notion expressed in 'Form follows Function'. He argued that we are unlikely to simply 'see' a direct formal relationship to the purpose of a particular building. Liddell writes about his personal experience of this same problem in relation to the Hoki Museum, and offers us invaluable extra insight gleaned from an interview with Tomohiko Yamanashi, lead architect of the design team.