What we care about :
Our ambition is to develop clear proposals based on a deep understanding of the client's brief, site and the larger social/urban contexts. We aim to find the 'big driver'; the simple and understandable crux of the project, which will become the shared vision. This often comes from identifying a key value that is lacking in a given context, in combination with the client's aspirations; that which, if offered, elevates the project. We put time into research to get this right.
After establishing the 'big driver', we establish the 'small drivers' which should address our wider culture and agree with our core values. We have seen how co-design can be a significant transformative process, prompting clients to think about alternative ways of organising themselves. It has also been shown that a group's self-esteem can grow when there is an influx of innovation and professional attention into their world. This thinking is not limited to one 'type' of project - even the simple act of changing a home's connection to the street can see a ripple effect, a trend of development, that can improve community life in a neighbourhood. We hope to create valuable connections through design.
The spaces we make must, as a basic, keep us comfortable all year round, with minimal fuss. We design to optimise insulation, cross ventilation, north orientation for best solar control, good acoustics and visual stimulation. We avoid the need for energy-hungry solutions and promote resource self-reliance.
The materials we build with impact our immediate comfort and health in a space. They also have wider reach in the construction industry and on the natural environment. We search for appropriate ethically sourced materials, as well as technologies that support up-skilling, improved working conditions and job-creation within our local industry. We see too many buildings looking old after 5 years - the key is attention to detail and insisting on higher standards in the construction industry.
We aim to bring moments of play and surprise in to daily routines of people using our spaces. The places we go back to are those that we form a connection with.