The relationship with our clients
Successful buildings are not solely the result of good architects; a good client relationship is central to both the philosophy and success of our practice. We believe that an enjoyable working relationship is critical for any project to achieve its potential.
We approach every project on its own terms and treat every commission as an on-going conversation with our client – to which we bring our experience, not our preconceptions. We are realistic from the outset and make sure that the brief and project budget are continually managed in tandem.
We realise that for most people, the development of a building is one of the biggest investments they will make in their lifetime; we are mindful of this, and for us it is important that our clients feel fully involved throughout the process.
Unique / bespoke projects
As a practice, we strive to deliver well-crafted and conceptually clear buildings and interiors. Every project we encounter is unique and our way of working begins with close observation of the existing condition – searching for the undeveloped qualities and opportunities in every site. These observations prompt a response that is appropriate to the social, cultural and historic context of a given location.
We pride ourselves on creating a distinctive aesthetic that is contemporary in its proportions and detail while drawing on a language of craftsmanship, and understanding of materials. These preoccupations are central to how we understand design and the way we develop our ideas.
Our work evolves through a careful process, in which – each decision is the result of rigorous research into the treatment of light, space, surface and material. Together these qualities will determine the building as a whole.
Allowing a client to inhabit a space
Of course, buildings have to be lived in too and a central concern through all our work is to create environments that are enjoyable to inhabit, that continue to delight and stimulate. People spend most of their lives in the buildings where they live and work, and we are continually aware throughout the design process of the impact of environment on wellbeing