In the last post I talked about the deep attachment we form with architecture, home in particular and how those places become part of who we are.
Every home I’ve designed is a direct reflection of the owners.
Three decades as a designer has shown me that architecture contains multitudes. Every single client has a rich and wonderful motive.
What all my clients have shown me is truly good architecture is personal, a reflection of the people who dream it and create it and live it.
Here are just a few:
The burly big-hearted, family minded journalist who got me to build an entire second house on his property to accommodate his bubbly brood of grandkids each summer holiday. He loves family and architecture to him is love and welcome.
I’ve had technology lovers who’ve spent a great chunk of their building budget on cutting edge environmental tech. (Sentence about sustainable architecture embedded etc.)
And the concert pianist who’s transforming her living space into a gorgeous salon so her recitals will be a total experience of place and sound. For this client architecture is about a beautiful sensory experience.
Then there’s the GP who spent far more than he had to on the street appeal of his shopping development because he wanted to add something to the district. This client, with many years in the health businesss knows that our environment affects how we feel and how we thrive, and wanted to give an uplifting landmark to his local community.
And not forgetting the ultra-cool, inner-city couple, both interior designers who live for art and design. Aesthetics is a hill they will die on and oh they have such good taste it hurts. For these guys architecture is beauty.