Tony Fretton (*1945), Plans for a hotel (with animals), 2020. Pencil on paper. Courtesy of the architect.
I was drawing, endlessly it seemed, a hotel for a competition in Switzerland – fruitlessly as it turned out. I cheered myself along by seeing in the plan the face of an animal, a friendly bear, or more likely a dog. James’ ‘building with the form of a howling dog,’ which he explained in some detail when he was teaching me (subconsciously to make plans in the shape of a dog?), has always amused me – in fact, it always makes me laugh inside for its surreal Scottish logic. My dog-bear is more simple and patient and friendly.
– Tony Fretton