This is where it all started. We first established our reputation designing homes and retreat cabins, with residential work serving as the incubator for intimate, human-scale concepts we employ across all typologies. Without falling into trends or needless complexity, the most basic elements for living are distilled and given a frame with a quality of craft and detail suited to each unique setting. Over the years we’ve expanded our practice of creating efficient, uplifting human environments to include multi-family and mixed-use structures in dense urban settings.
We never lose sight of the reality that people spend a lot of time where they work. And that a building communicates brand and culture without words. As designers, we tap into core organizational values in the creation of efficient, inspiring work place environments that support meaningful interactions among clients and which help attract and retain employees. We develop solutions that meet the functional and budget demands of modern work spaces that are part of an agile, adaptable business machine. They are also healthy, inspiring and productive places for those who come to them every day.
As teaching has changed from lecture format to students as active contributors, previous design assumptions are being replaced and tailored to meet the needs of contemporary students and educators. Our approach incorporates flexible spaces to accommodate changing curriculum and the shift to interactive teaching and learning. To this end, we design pedagogically transformative and architecturally distinctive educational buildings that contribute to increased student engagement and motivation.
La Jolla, California
Architecture can play a role beyond simply providing shelter and space. Our work in this area of practice demonstrates structures as an active participant in encouraging civic discourse, enhancing discovery experiences and helping build community. And while creating these dynamic and uplifting spaces for the patron is important, the architecture must also work well operationally behind the scenes to suit staff and functional needs.
Civic infrastructure services are largely invisible to those they serve. As urban land becomes more and more scarce, it will be increasingly difficult to ‘hide’ these services. We believe places where citizens experience the critical infrastructure that supports them provide an opportunity to bring functional beauty, innovation and approachability to a category of structures that generally suffer from historically low expectations. Transforming critical resources from utilitarian to amenity status gives the “public” the best experience and most for their tax dollars–strengthening the connection with the community while meeting key functional requirements of these essential services.
District of North Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada