Design is a blending of observations & ideas, both rational and irrational
Study for a boathouse
A rational idea can come from a client’s wish or the functional needs of a building, a building site or the adaptation of a found object, whether in an idea or an existing structure. The process of fleshing out of a design and the proofing of initial notions or ideas are conceived through hand sketching, the building a cardboard maquette, or exploration through constructing a digital model.
A design’s development moves along a path of exploration where ideas are interchanged, sorted, and filtered. The use of model making and a handful of computer programs as design tools to further develop and refine architectural ideas.
Once committed to the computer CAD drawings mark the transition of a project from the formulating of ideas to their refinement in drawing form. These drawings form the base for the project’s phases to follow in the form of drawing packages that become the milestones of a project’s progress.
Regular observation of a project during construction is arguably the most important phase of the design process. It is in the field that the unforeseen can be responded to and during construction may also present some opportunity for clearer and simpler design.
sustainable design and construction, LEED Certification
Sustainable architecture is the use of renewable building materials and energy efficient systems, applicable to both the building and the site on which it sits.
Site design can utilize systems such as grey water reclamation for irrigation and landscaping elements that are drought resistant and/or low maintenance.
Building design can make use of renewable or recyclable materials ranging from basic structural components, such as truss joists and paralaminated beams, down to its finish surfaces such as quartz countertops and reclaimed wood for cabinetry.
LEED accreditation allows us to be able to officially integrate the common sense approaches that we have utilized in past projects with new strategies for future ones.
Building as bridge spanning land & water
Refer to sustainable projects for an example of sustainable design and some of the features that highlight the construction, comfort and feasibility of the project, revealing sensible and budget-conscious solutions.