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.
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 We believe that today, this kind of architecture is outdated.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.
Housing and residential
First of all, we focus on the position of the housing lot and its sun orientation. Secondly, it’s vital to ensure that the shape of the building is in harmony with the urban context around it.
Today, half of the world’s population lives in cities. What’s more is, the number of city-dwellers is expected to increase significantly. Yet we feel that the contemporary urban fabric lacks housing with adequate natural light and green open spaces. Urbanization in itself is a problem, but it could also be the solution. We believe that we should remodel our current housing typology and adapt it to present-day social and environmental needs. Existing infrastructure should be repurposed. At the same time, this would give us the chance to reflect further on modern families, household makeup and the changes they are undergoing. All of this could serve as a foundation for new typologies of participative living.
First of all, we focus on the position of the housing lot and its sun orientation. Secondly, it’s vital to ensure that the shape of the building is in harmony with the urban context around it. In order to ensure the best living quality in housing units, we conduct in depth studies of natural light and its circulation. Maximizing ground floor open and green spaces, we increase soil permeability and prevent it from warming– a growing concern in the context of urbanization.
Outside, green spaces with enjoyable views add to quality of life. Thanks to clever design, we try to use green terraces, loggias and open spaces as much as possible in order to oxygenate the building and its users.
We promote green facades and the participative use of green roofs. Both should be freely accessible to inhabitants who can use these spaces to plant flowers, grow herbs and even set up community vegetable patches. This will increase neighborhood biodiversity and may even help restore bees to their former glory. It’s also a great way to raise awareness about environmental issues amongst children and adults alike. Growing plants and vegetables puts people in direct contact with the ecosystem and the environment.
Interior design for habitat
When creating ‘habitat interiors’, we apply an approach based on the senses and on psychology. By carefully observing the inhabitants’ way of living, interests and habits, we develop a bespoke typology that meets the inhabitants’ needs and matches their mood.
This enables us to create spaces that strike a balance between functionality and spatial conditions. An aesthetic and emotional poetry springs from the symbiosis between natural light, material choices and textures. We deliberately invest a lot of time in choosing material pallets and tailored details that not only improve functionality, but which are also pleasing to the eye. The end result is a space with a custom-made, balanced and well-defined overall aesthetic. The client plays a pivotal role throughout the whole process. Together we explore all aspects of the design and the “living” that will take place within the habitat, covering technical as well as intuitive elements. This results in a renewed spatial typology defined by functionality, warmth, and personal identity.
We firmly believe that the interior of a commercial space very much influences the relationship between marketing and the customer-targeted experience. Conceptually, when designing commercial spaces, we let our minds run free.
Together with the client we dig deep into the definition of a well-defined overall look and feel that represents the brand and its philosophy. Next, we translate it into a unique artistic vision that is then installed in the space in question. The space then becomes iconic. Every visit turns into a thoroughly pleasant experience for customers. Meanwhile, the product itself becomes the centerpiece.
We pay particular attention use of light, sound and materials that enhance the overall shopping experience and also match customer expectations. We carefully consider how to draw the customer into the brand’s own world, how to arouse curiosity and make stopping by the shop an exploratory shopping experience.
Functionality is indispensable for any good store. We therefore ensure that there is adequate opportunity for people to more around, meaning the space is functional for both the customers and the vendors, turning shopping into a hassle-free experience.
As we are specialized in retail design, we’ve developed a custom-made design methodology specifically for this industry. Numerous brands have enthusiastically entrusted us with the task of designing both their image and their retail interior. We can proudly state that all of our retail interior designs have been published in numerous renowned and specialized magazines around the globe. Furthermore, ‘Le Dada East’ in Paris, which we designed, has been chosen by the Italian brand DAVINES as their flagship hair salon.
Artworks deserve a completely different approach. When designing exhibition and art spaces, we consciously refrain from being ostentatious and ensure our design does not interfere with the art.
Artworks deserve a completely different approach. When designing exhibition and art spaces, we consciously refrain from being ostentatious and ensure our design does not interfere with the painting, sculpture, installation, image or performance at its center. Thanks to our design, visitors instinctively follow a certain route and stay focused on the art. By varying spaces’ scale and dimensions we can influence the pace at which visitors move through the exhibition and also subtly incorporate each space into the overall exhibition route. We use neutral colors and materials, and add just the right amount of lighting to create the right mood.
We truely believe that innvative concepts can enhance productivity and the overall well being in a work space environment.
We are in the process of overhauling existing and devising new workspace concepts with a strong focus on improving working conditions and productivity.
We continuously strive to strike a balance between ergonomics, aesthetics and technical feasibility.
We design furniture not only as part of an interior design, but also as individual objects. We continuously strive to strike a balance between ergonomics, aesthetics and technical feasibility. Together with our craftsmen – to whom we owe a great deal – we come up with feasible and sustainable production methods. Wood is very often our preferred material because it is warm and creates endless possibilities.