Svilar’s projects simply did not sell. Rolled up in the closets of Svilar’s apartment, or stuffed between double doors, they collected cobwebs for years.
“Buildings without shadows,” Svilar’s son called them.
While still a student, he noticed that one of the striking virtues of great writers was their silence on certain important matters. And he applied this to his own profession: here the unused space, equivalent to the unsaid word in a work of literature, had its form, the emptiness had its shape and meaning, just as strikingly and effectively as space filled with buildings. The beauty of the emptiness gave him the inspiration for the beauty of the built part of the structure, and this was evident and reflected in his designs.