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MANIFESTO

Clients

Clients are immersed in the process of design as much as they are willing to be.

We try to take our clients on a journey of mutual learning, research and discovery, to enjoy with us the process of design, and to instil ownership of the outcome.

Context

We always look to context for inspiration, both the physical and the historical, to make the most meaningful contribution we can to it.

Buildings exist as a whole in their own capacity, but they are also part of a wider realm whether urban, suburban, or natural.

Urbanity

As cities densify, they become less hospitable. Public space diminishes. People feel alienated. Inequity increases. This will become even more apparent without design intervention.

Architecture is one, albeit not the only, discipline that can help cities to maintain connectivity, affordability, equity, and accessibility.

Climate

We recognise that climate change is largely human-induced. Cities are major contributors, especially as energy consumers and heat sinks.

Our aim is to maximise the environmental performance of our buildings. Our ultimate goal is zero carbon, self-sustainable buildings using alternative energy technologies, low embodied energy and recycled materials, and operational efficiencies.

Technology

Technologies enable but can also remove humanity. They produce systems of fabrication and materials of value to cost, time, and durability. But they can also procure soulless places if they dictate.

We embrace technologies to advance design solutions but seek to intervene to impact human scale and tactility.

Art

Architecture is an art as well as a discipline. The great modern artists interpreted the contemporary condition of society without constraint – Picasso, the Constructivists, Futurists, Matisse, Klee – as did artists turned architects like Le Corbusier.

We find inspiration in the work of certain artists whose art perfected form and space. We work wherever possible with artists and designers to enrich expression and meaning of our architecture.

Craft

People only experience a particular part of a building at any moment. The composition of materials and details is critical to enhancing that experience.

We embrace the crafting of buildings and work with craftspeople in both design and fabrication to engender surprise and delight.

Research

Research has never been more important as the world experiences disruptive change due to climate impacts, technological advancements (economising or expediting projects) and the challenges of increasing urbanisation.

We engage with research bodies and undertake our own research to equip our practice with strategies and techniques that inform design to meet the challenges of the future.