As a designer of buildings, I aim to apply certain principles and there are a few fundamental questions I ask of myself and the design problem at hand. These principles and questions include:
- Simplicity without monotony.
- Appropriateness as a primary driver: scale, form, material…
- Sustainable with minimal impact.
- Sensitive to the context and conditions.
- Composition to achieve visual harmony, which includes visual tension to relieve monotony.
- Variety amidst uniformity.
- Randomness occurring as a manifestation of practicality.
- Thorough and proper without being overdone.
- Cost effective without being cheap.
- Design-led, modern and visually interesting whilst remaining deliverable.
And at least two recurring questions I find myself asking:
What does it want to be? (The Appropriateness Question)
Why does this work, why wouldn’t it work, and can I explain it in fairly straightforward, meaningful terms? (The Devil’s Advocate Question)
In the last 5 years these considerations have begun to emerge and now I seek to capitalise on this momentum to crystallise my wide-ranging experience and produce new work of outstanding quality, resilience and longevity, in design, sustainability and practical function.