At the beginning of the twenty – first century environmental issues have become an increasing part of our daily lives. Current demographic and environmental trends point to an increased international awareness and sensitivity to the earth’s ecosystem. In the development of our urban, suburban and recreational resources, the need has never been greater to protect our planet, while providing more meaningful places for human activity. The widespread realization of the existence of a “Global Village” provides a new vantage point from which the importance of the environment is evident to all those who observe and are involved in development. Within this context, Architecture finds itself at a watershed moment in human history, a crossroads between responsible stewardship of the land and the social responsibility to provide sensible and inspiring habitat for humanity. Both are essential for the healthy development of our society and the well being of our planet. Our challenge is to craft a balance between the requirements of “Nature” and the needs of human settlement.
Global Village : Futurist Marshall McLuhan’s phrase to describe the imploded world of the information age
Our atelier is a mechanism to initiate a collaborative effort in making visual and spatial connections between a building and its context, and to pursue ideas which attempt to establish a dialogue between the idealized and the idiosyncratic characteristics in each problem.
We intend to find means of making buildings communicate in the language of form, materials and texture. Architecture in our view is an art of substance, of materialized ideas about space, responding to the demands of the programme, site, locale, building technology and social responsibility.
We make explicit connections to a world perceived in our view to be pluralistic and heterogeneous. It is this pluralistic view that makes history such an integral part of our process of place making. We respect the history of architecture, not in order to evoke an association with past forms and motifs, but to better be able to formulate relevant, responsible, imaginative ideas about architecture.
We believe in harmony of parts, a rational procedure, a concern for quality of proportion, a precision of detail, constructional integrity, programmatic appropriateness and human scale. We seek to pursue the plastic limits of modern architecture outside of its traditional boundaries.
We do not conceive of reality as a loose compound of incoherent fragments, nor consider all systematic thought to be irrelevant. In fact, emerging through our noise is an ever present concern for order. We believe in the use of technology as a tool, not an end in itself, but one means by which architectural ideas may be expressed with vigor and coherence.
Our work then, is an attempt to define and redefine the meaning of order, to understand a relationship between what has been and what can be ; to extract from culture both the timeless and the topical, to be informed by the city and aspire to redefine it.
In our view, architecture at its best is an an integration of human scale with civic grandeur, decorative simplicity with material richness, an interest in technical innovation with respect for historical precedent.
This to us is the basis of style: The decision to include or exclude, the final exercise of individual as well as collective will and intellect. Fundamentally then, our meditations are on plural effects of space, form and light, on context, history and society and vice versa. We do not always succeed! However, we pursue it with unrelenting vigor and believe that it is the heart and soul of architecture.