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ETHOS

 

We practice architecture, urban design and interior design because the process of each inform the others.

Architecture

 

Architecture is the sheer pleasure of enhancing people’s lives – whether an individual, family, an organisation, a campus, a community or the wider city – through the art of designing buildings.

 

As such, we’d see ourselves as interpreters of needs both explicit and unrealised. We see the spaces we create as enablers not determinants of interaction and engagement. We focus upon quality and diversity of experience, and we use our experience to create more than was thought wanted.

 

There are various ways we seek to do this, the key being to deeply understand the client and the rationale and aspirations for the project.

 

Our resources include looking to nature for solutions to particular problems (like structure), looking to the art world for abstractions of forms, and looking to alternative materials for ways to enrich experience. The latter infers our passion for crafting details and surfaces, for which we have formed several relationships with craftspeople.

 

This also reflects specific beliefs that the parts are just as important as the whole, and that multiplicity of experience is always better than the singular.

Urban Design

 

Urban design is a discipline we perform because we have developed, through research and practice, the ability to interpret and synthesise a city’s socio-cultural, economic, physical and technological realities and potentials.

 

We’re interested in the notion of cities as knowledge hubs of their regions, and believe that the vitality of most cities lies in nurturing and enabling creativity and innovation.

 

We think that mobility, connectivity and perception of accessibility will underpin how the best cities of the future work. We think that public spaces – more their quality than quantity – will increasingly define the cities people are most attracted to, especially because of continuing urbanisation and densification.

 

Lastly, we believe that cities which both harness collective environmental strategies, and prepare for the impact of natural events, will be the most resilient cities as this century unfolds.

Interior Design

 

Interior design is for us an extension and a specialisation of architecture. We love merging indoors with outdoors, drawing one into the other especially in Queensland’s subtropical and tropical climates. This often results in an enlargement of otherwise small spaces.

 

But we also see merit in interior space imparting a completely different set of experiences to the outside, at times. The ability to transform experience away from the external world, or to create a sense of sanctuary, holds great appeal.

 

Much interior work involves re-fitting and adapting existing buildings for workplaces, apartments and cultural purposes. This for us most often entails amplifying intrinsic qualities of the building, translating them from the ordinary to the intriguing.

 

With workplace design, we believe productivity and creativity are optimised when people feel most comfortable with their place and surroundings. We prefer to understand the essence and directions of an organisation before adopting generic systems, such as agile and activity based working. Creating a sense of belonging to something unique and special is over paramount purpose which, as in our architecture, often involves craft.