Design

The arrival at three dimensional architectural form is the result of a complex interaction between intuitive associations and linear thinking. The design process oscillates from a focus on compelling form to addressing the requirements of the building structure, shell, mechanical systems and lifecycle behavior. Design is an interplay between the familiar architectural territory of known precedent and the unfamiliar attributes of novel form. The derivation of this tension arises equally as often from architectural concerns of shape, material, light and space as it does from experimentaion with the polyvalence of emerging materials and technologies. The form of a building - the orientation and shaping of the roof, the placement and nature of openings, the organization and configuration of interior space - strongly determine the thermodynamic behavior of the building. The so-called constraints of strict budgets and limited spatial demands are a potent source of creative invention.The methods employed in design range widely from the powerful traditions of sketch drawing, watercoloring, and rendering to computational visualization and the making of physical models. 

Materials

The physical reality of the building - surface color and texture, lightness and weight, thermal conductivity and emissivity, lifecycle weathering and aging - is a central focus of our work. The presence of large three dimensional form on the site and in time is the result of immaterial architectural exploration coupled with strong intuitions about the materials most suited to the form. Technical and lifecycle concerns are always taken into consideration - even at the very earliest stages of design.

Energy

The form of a building - the orientation and shaping of the roof, the placement and nature of openings, the organization and configuration of interior space - strongly determine the thermodynamic behavior of the building. Protection from summer solar heat gain, while strategically allowing it during the winter and fall seasons can be substantially accomplished through the morphology of the form. Much of our later work relies on this interplay between form and thermodynamic flux.

Landscape

The dynamic, animate, seasonally responsive, and flourishing natural landscape within which our designs are conceived form the strongest link to the earth. Our buildings are similarly in flux with the landscape - albeit at a slower pace than floral regeneration.