Iconic architecture has often been about showing man’s abilities, but has very seldom taken in account the ecological footprint that it entails. We believe that today, this kind of architecture is outdated. With an ever increasing population and the numerous challenges this poses, we need to prove our ability to transform the way we live and inhabit our environment in a sustainable way.
As local systems affect global change, we think time has come to rethink these systems to help overcome some of the environmental, urban and social issues that we face today. In our perception, architecture could be a ‘sponge’ that continuously absorbs cultural and social changes and transforms them into sustainable architectural ideas that withstand the sands of trends and time.
Considering architecture as an art form and exercising it as a social discipline, we believe we can also improve the quality of life of many within their own environment.
When designing, we focus on the context and the user inside this context, regardless the content and scale of the project. We think natural light, spatial quality and sustainable materials and techniques are essential to improving wellbeing. Arts, nature, culture and behavior are a continuous influence on the way we devise and shape solutions to each challenge.
Besides taking in account the program and necessary regulations, we also ask ourselves what the building or space we’re working on would want to be. We ask ourselves how the use of scale, light, materials and texture can offer the user and the buildings environment an emotional and aesthetic poetry. These questions help us to combine design typologies and solutions. They help us achieve a contemporary architectural design with a subtle, thoughtful language.
Today, half of the world’s population lives in cities. A number that is expected to increase significantly. Yet, we feel that the contemporary urban fabric lacks housing with adequate natural light and green open spaces. Urbanization in itself is a problem, but at the same time it could be its own solution. We think we should remodel our current housing typology and adapt it to new present-day social and environmental needs. Existing infrastructure forming the basis of reuse. At the same time, this would give us the chance to further reflect on the changes and transformations that characterize modern families and their compositions. It could be the foundation of new typologies of participative living.
Our first focus is on the position and the orientation towards the sun of the housing lot. Secondly, harmonization of the shape of the building with the urban context and regulations is vital.
In order to ensure the best living quality in housing units, we profoundly study natural light and its circulation. Maximizing ground floor open and green spaces, we increase soil permeability and reduce it from warming up – a growing concern in the context of urbanization.
Outside, green spaces with enjoyable views further increase the living quality. By clever design, we try to implement as much green terraces, loggias and open spaces as possible to oxygenate the building and its users.
We promote green facades and the participative use of green roofs. Both should be freely accessible to inhabitants as they can use it together to grow herbs, flower gardens and even vegetables for their own use. This would increase the biodiversity within the neighborhood and could potentially even help restore the bee’s disappearing glory. It’s also a great way to sensitize children and adults alike on environmental issues. Growing plants and vegetables puts people in direct contact with the ecosystem and the environment.
We firmly believe that the interior of a commercial space very much influences the relation between marketing and a customer targeted experience. Conceptually, in the design of commercial spaces, we completely free our minds. Together with the client we dig deep into the definition of a well-defined overall look & feel that represents the brand and its philosophy. We translate it into a unique artistic vision which is then installed into the space, making it iconic and turning a visit into a very pleasant experience for customers, while turning the product itself into the centerpiece.
Particular attention is given to the use of light, sound and materials that enhance the overall shopping experience and match the customer’s expectations. We think deeply about how to draw the customer into the brand’s own world, how to rouse curiosity and make the shop-stop an explorative shopping experience.
As functionality is essential to any good store, we implement adequate possibilities of circulation, functional both to the customers and the vendors, turning shopping into a hassle free experience.
As we are specialized in retail design, we’ve developed a custom made design methodology specifically for this industry. Quite a few brands have enthusiastically entrusted with the task of designing both their image and their interior. We can proudly state that all of our retail interior designs have been published in numerous renowned and specialized magazines around the globe. Furthermore, our design for ‘Le Dada East’ in Paris has been chosen by the Italian brand DAVINES as their flagship hair salon.
In the creation of ‘habitat interiors’, we apply a sensorial and psychological approach. By carefully observing the inhabitant’s way of living, interests and habits, we develop a custom made typology that answers to the inhabitant’s needs and mood. This ‘study’ enables us to create spaces with a balanced dialogue between functionality and spatial conditions. An aesthetic and emotional poetry arises due to the applied and essential symbiosis between natural light, well-conceived material choices and texture.
We deliberately invest a lot of time in the choice of material pallets and tailored details that not only improve functionality, but at the same time please the eye. The result is a space with a balanced, custom made and very much defined overall aesthetic. The client is central throughout the whole process. Together we explore all aspects concerning the actual living and the design, covering technical as well as intuitive elements. This results in a renewed spatial typology that is defined by functionality, warmth, and personal identity.
Art pieces deserve their very own approach. When designing exposition and art spaces, we consciously refrain from being ostentatious and make sure our design does not interfere with the painting, sculpture, installation, image or performance in its center. The way we interact with visitors, instinctively hints them to follow a certain route and keeps them focused on the art.
By varying scale and dimensions of spaces we give room to rhythm in the visit and subtly incorporate each space into the route. We use neutral colors and materials and add just the right amount of lighting to create the perfect mood.
We are in the process of redefining and elaborating new work space concepts with a strong focus on the improvement of working conditions and productivity.
We design furniture both as part of an interior design, as well as an individual object. We continuously strive to find a balance between ergonomics, aesthetics and technical feasibility.
Together with our much relied on craftsmen, we determine a feasible and sustainable production method. Wood is very often our preferred material as it is warm and creates endless possibilities.