The living environment is the most complex interplay of interests we know. The living environment facilitates our daily lives. In order to augment, improve and modify this system, collective wisdom is needed, as well as empathy. We are practiced in our field; we understand the art of making. We bring together people, space and money in spatial developments for a sustainable living environment. We combine expertise on a social, spatial, financial and processual level, seeking optimal solutions out of seemingly contradictory interests. Content before ego. We prowl in the spirit of the place. We make immobilized processes fluid again. We work on projects that people will love; we love them, too. We watch over the dream and stand with all feet on the ground.
The place where social, cultural, historical, spatial, technological and ecological aspects meet. In The Timeless Way of Building, Christopher Alexander describes how the living environment, in all its facets and levels of scale, always consists of events—he calls them patterns—that are connected through physical space; they take place somewhere.
This space should be organized so that events can not only comfortably take place, but also, and just as essential, so they can become part of a larger network, take on new initiatives, and influence each other. In our view, designing the living environment is about shaping conditions for reciprocity.
We design spatial solutions, whether they are small-scale transformations, new buildings, streets and squares, or neighborhoods, and everything in between. We link varied interests and a range of networks in sustainable spatial solutions. We are therefore always part of a greater whole. Together, you know and learn more. We believe in the added value of a integrated process from the very beginning of an initiative. We are always keenly attentive if additional expertise at a particular level appears to be needed during development.
We have a broad network of people with whom we often and easily collaborate, whether it is an initiator of developments or an expert recruited during the process, and everything in between.
We are practiced in our field. We design in and with society. We do not design from blueprints handed down from above, but in strategic frameworks, through connections, relationships and junctures. Not a classical score, but a jazzy jam session in which key and fundamental quality is captured and fulfillment is generated.
We take a hands-on approach in our profession; we understand the art of making.
We design in and with society. We do not design from blueprints handed down from above, but in strategic frameworks, through connections, relationships and junctures.
Not a classical score, but a jazzy jam session in which key and fundamental quality is captured and fulfillment is generated.
A process is also a design task; there is no recipe. The place and players are very different each time.
The essence of the art of making is the word “together.” Observing, sharing and connecting together. Observing: watching, listening, feeling, knowing, questioning. Sharing: contributing questions and observations so that a common language emerges. Connecting: through different players, through expertise, through user interactions, through the identity of a place, from inside and out, from spaces and places with a direction, and so on.
We often gladly assist the start of an initiative, investigating spatial solutions/programs in terms of financial feasibility and support from society, in order to make its concepts intuitive and transferable. We do this at different levels of scale, from area developments to renovations. This does not always mean that we also generate the follow-up; sometimes it becomes clear that a partnership is more appropriate, or others are more suited to the task: content before ego.
The impact of society and cultural history on our spatial environment fascinate us. We believe in learning from history, not to seize upon it literally, but to grasp it, seeking continuity, towards mutation and self-evident aspects instead of a break or marked contrast. For us, history means not just the subsequent developments that have taken place, but also the reasons behind them. We seek narratives and memories in order to get a good sense of a location’s biography, and to be an important actor in the process. Here, too, residents and users are a crucial source. They are the experts with experience; it is and remains their place, not ours.
We watch over the dream and stand with all feet on the ground. We have gained many years of experience in the realization of area developments, urban plans (and everything this entails), buildings, new structures, renovations and transformations.We have thorough knowledge of construction and understand the language of the builders. We are aware of the latest developments at both technological and ecological levels, and are continually evolving. We therefore also make use 3D modeling programs. At times we are responsible for the entire process; at others we are part of a larger construction team and the engineering is accomplished by another party. We are accustomed to choosing the best process for the subject in question through reliable consultation.