Our practice is to listen to our clients, help them define their needs, provide a creative and innovative design solution, work to a budget, and deliver as agreed. We draw on the expertise of specialist consultants, contractors, suppliers and artists.
Our design process is to:
We invest in relationships with our clients, seeking a deep understanding of their goals and requirements. Working together to clarify and articulate the functional needs and aspirations for their project – from privacy to light, branding to income, security to inclusivity.
Testing, experimenting, examining. We think unconventionally and work with an openness to new ideas to explore the infinite possibilities for every design challenge. We work with rigour from conceptual design to long term maintenance. We are strategic decision makers.
We gather critical information on functional and compliance requirements to gain a clear project appreciation. We research the environmental, social, cultural and historical context of each site.
We partner with clients, communities, specialist consultants, contractors, suppliers and artists to shape our projects. We collaborate from concept to construction to co-create the project.
With careful documentation we devise solutions that do many things at once – as much as possible with as little as possible. Our quality assurance process reduces errors and mitigates risk.
Our approach embraces seven core principles:
First and foremost, we design meaningful places for people, for our clients and others, to live, work and enjoy.
Place / Country
Gritty urban laneway. Pristine bush setting. Our buildings are inspired by, respond to and enhance the physical and intangible aspects of site and context. We seek to understand and care for Country.
Function, at both abstract and practical levels, is the prime generator of space and form. We work with our clients to clearly define the intended uses of a building or space.
We create spaces and places that are generous and beautiful; that people love. The clear and intangible qualities of light, shadow, space and materiality are at the heart of our work.
Our projects are built to last. We minimise our impact on the natural environment through material selection, waste, water and energy reduction, passive solar design, recycling and adaptive re-use. We aim for optimal environmental performance, sustainability, durability and ease of maintenance.
Budgetary constraint is a generator of innovation, delivering a project on budget, a success. A deep knowledge of building technology and construction detailing results in efficient design and documentation.
We work closely with our clients and cost consultant from concept to detailed design, documentation to construction, to create efficient, value-adding projects.
A functional building that brings joy and comfort to users, is sensitive to the environment and stands the test of time is the ultimate achievement.