||Architecture + Art
Respect What Is : Our practice is founded upon a belief that fundamental human needs and
aspirations have remained unchanged for thousands of years. In all of our work,
we have endeavored to explore these lessons of humanity in our architecture and
its relationship to natural surroundings. We bring an understanding of
present-day technologies and discoveries to inform how integrated living
environments can be nurtured in the contemporary world. We begin with a respect
for the mission of a building’s inhabitants which is extended to the existing built and natural surroundings. As architects, our role is to sensitively participate with these existing influences in order to create an architecture that is resonant with its fundamental purpose and the world in which it lives.
Everything is Related: The concepts of function and beauty became two distinct ideas only as recently as the twentieth century. Prior to 1900, the utility and the aesthetic manifestation of architecture were generally seen as inextricably connected. We embrace this holistic view that all aspects of architecture should contribute to both the tasks and spirit of the environment. The experience of architecture therefore becomes a vibrant interplay of these two dimensions. Within each of our projects, the necessary elements are evaluated with regard to their contributing role to the specific goals and overarching mission of the design.
The Quality of the Plan is Born through the Joy of the Process: How we are is what it becomes. In the varying tasks of a design endeavor, the process needs to be inspired by its deeper purpose. The success of the project is simply a reflection of this inspiration. Our architecture emerges from close communication, open interactions and a shared sense of mission. Our clients’ very particular issues, concerns and dreams are combined with our experience, and that of our project team, to create a unique facility that is truly representative of the overall mission. The custom architectural details and artwork included in most of our major projects is a direct result of the closeness of these relationships.
Architecture + Art = Design Innovation: Our ability to express our clients’ mission, from the overall plan to the smallest detail, is our distinguishing characteristic. The experience we bring ranging from large-scale master planning to laboratory systems planning to custom sculptural artwork allows for every aspect of the architecture to contribute in a meaningful way to the unique nature of each place that we create. The artwork is designed and produced by our office, often in close collaboration with other artists. It is seamlessly and economically included in the expression of the architectural design at its earliest stages. Our comprehensive approach provides an experience of the architecture and its environment that is unique to every project.