This quote goes towards my fundamental thinking of architecture and design, it doesn't matter how amazing something looks, if it's functionally useless. This quote seems to apply more to design of products, but it can apply to building principles also. This quote wouldn't be something that Zaha Hadid would adopt. She didn't care what the function of a building was, as long as it looked beautiful to the eyes walking past. Personally, I find this sense rather odd. I identify with the quote, as I see it pointless to create anything that is not useful to it's purpose. Living in a beautiful building is nice, but if it constantly disrupts or hinders the environment of the inhabitants, is it truly beautiful? A design that satisfies the client's every need in the best possible way, is beautiful.
Everything I design, I want it to have purpose. Surely I could draw a bunch of lines on a paper and make it look nice, but if I designed those lines in a perfect order then it's really beautiful. I would prefer to make a building that looks like a warehouse on the outside, and functionally perfect on the inside. Car manufactures don't want a building that looks nice, they want a building that is going to work. That's what is beautiful.