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Philosophy

Our approach to design is pragmatic. Each design task has its unique point of departure, its own goals in terms of function, and its own relationship to its surroundings.

When designing a building, we also design the environment, since each building contributes to the overall character of the area. In its relationship to its location and nearby buildings, a building can either play a subordinate or a dominant role, it can add to the harmony or create a contrast, it can provide clarity to or enrich the surroundings – but it is never neutral. Acknowledging the temporal and historical layers is vital, both in new builds and in infill construction.

Architecture must pay attention not only to the location but also to the people, both as individuals and as members of a community. Humaneness and functionality are core themes that carry through all our design. A building is there primarily to provide coordinates for life, so we feel that design must start from space charts. When organising functions into spaces, our aim is clarity, practicality, and naturalness, and in creating a building the focus is on achieving the right scale. We want to combine the rational, the beautiful and the surprising in our architecture.