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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 the way people live and work – whether for an individual, a family, an organisation, a community or city – through the art of designing buildings.

 

We see ourselves as interpreters of wants and needs both explicit and unrealised. We see the places we create as enablers rather than determinants of interaction and engagement. We impart quality and diversity of experience, and we use our experience to create more than what was thought wanted.

 

There are numerous ways we do this, firstly by gaining deep appreciation of the client’s rationale and aspirations for the project.

 

As applicable, we look then to various sources of inspiration – nature, art and context being the most pervasive. As we evolve a design, we consistently look to structure and materiality to give coherence and tactility. The latter infers our passion for crafting details and surfaces, for which we have formed lasting relationships with fabricators.

 

Gestalt theory argues that the whole is greater than the sum of its parts. While we embrace this as an attitude, we see each part of a building contributing in its own way to experience within the whole.

Urban Design

Urban Design

 

Urban design is the art and science of designing environments larger than a single building or space. It concerns how places are connected, the quality of spaces between buildings, and their contextual fit.

 

Urban design also involves imagining how cities will adapt to changing and emerging influences over time, in particular to climate change but also to occurrences like terrorism and pandemics.

 

Thirdly, urban design is synchronous with urban economics. We have been especially interested in recent years in enabling cities to nurture their knowledge economies through shared accumulated knowledge and innovation.

 

Correlated to this are four aspects of cities which will, we believe, underpin their future prosperity and wellbeing – accessibility, equitability, connectivity and mobility.
How people move between and through cities will become increasingly important as cities continue to densify and this so too will be the quality of destinations whether for living, working or leisure.

 

We may not be able to add many public spaces in densified cities, but we can do much more to make them seem more meaningful, valued, and equitable to all.

Interior Design

 

We see Interior Design as both an extension of architecture and an art in itself. We have both interior designers and architects who specialise in interior design – often involving the process of designing ‘inside-out’.

 

So much architecture in the past twenty years has been about determining external form and then post-fitting interior functions and spaces. The purpose of interior design is balance, recognising that people spend much more time inside than out – in homes, workplaces, shopping centres, schools and universities, theatres, sports centres, and other places of leisure and entertainment.

 

Another key role, and an increasingly relevant one, of interior design in our practice is adaptive reuse of existing buildings, driven by economics but giving the ability to link past to future.

 

There are many practices which specialise in workplace design, sometimes creatively and other time formulaically. We simply concentrate our thinking on the specific characteristics and modes of working of the organisation the project will embrace, rather than adopting generic systems. Whether designing places for living, working, or other purposes, the purpose of interior design is to amplify experience of place.