Iconic architecture has often been about showcasing man’s abilities, but has very seldom taken into account the concomitant ecological footprint. We believe that today, this kind of architecture is outdated. With an ever-growing population and the numerous challenges this poses, we need to prove our ability to transform the way we live and inhabit our environment in a sustainable way. Given that local systems affect global change, we think that the time has come to rethink these systems so as to help overcome some of the environmental, urban and social issues we face today. As we see it, architecture could be a “sponge” that continuously absorbs cultural and social changes and transforms them into sustainable architectural ideas that withstand the sands of time and trends.
We view architecture as an art form and exercise it as a social discipline. Thus we believe we can improve the quality of life of many people within their own environment. When designing, we focus on the context and the user inside this specific context, regardless the nature and scale of the project. We think that natural light, spatial quality, as well as sustainable materials and techniques are crucial for improving wellbeing. The arts, nature, culture and behavior continuously influence the way in which we devise solutions to each challenge.
In addition to taking into account the program and necessary regulations, we also ask ourselves what the building or space itself would want to be like. We consider how the use of scale, light, materials and texture can bring an emotional and aesthetic poetry to the user and the building’s environment. These questions help us to combine design typologies and solutions. They aid us in achieving a contemporary architectural design wrought in subtle, thoughtful language.