From penthouse to garden studio, from a small extension to a luxury mansion there’s no home project that won’t benefit from the practical magic of thoughtful design. Here’s how good architectural design will look and feel:
Inviting: Good architecture draws you in, creating a sense of welcome.
Nurturing: Good architecturecreates a sense of haven, a retreat from the hustle of life where you can relax and restore.Well designed buildings feel good, they uplift and inspire and feel ‘right’.
Sociable: From a chat on a window-seat, to a barbie on the deck with friends, good design includes a range of friendly spaces from the intimate.
Beautiful: Well-designed homes are beautiful places to be. When proportion, space, light, materials and texture are artfully composed they will delight the senses.
Practical. Life is easier in a well-designed home. A thoughtfully planned home will help you stay organised, streamline their tasks and make daily life efficient.
A total environment: good architectural design responds to the context and creates a cohesive whole . Elements like terrain, views, climate, sunlight, prevailing breezes, street approach, and surrounding buildings will influence the design. Well-designed buildings are connect to the setting and give something back to the locality.
Unique: A well-designed building expresses individuality and says something about the inhabitants. In the commercial sector architecture can convey brand and image – a signature building is great for business.
Problem-solving: It’s rare to start with a perfect slate; some sites will be narrow or steep or you might have a house that’s awkward, dark or inefficient. It’s not always easy to see the way forward, but a skilled designer will come up with creative solutions to help make the most of what you have.
Details: A well-designed home will be crafted with care, precision, and attention to detail. Doors will swing smoothly, you won’t trip on thresholds, cupboards will be easy to reach and windows will open with little effort.
Durable: A quality building will age gracefully. Despite natural wear and it tear it will stand up just as well and look good over time.
Sustainable: Well-designed buildings are economical with space, energy, and materials – they’re kind to the earth and it’s resources.
Economical: Good architectural design is for everyone. A skilled architect will be able to design within constraints, using construction methods, materials and design methods to craft imaginative and ingeniuous solutions for any project.
Personal: While the architect may bring design expertise, the client is the expert on how they like to live and what they love. Close collaboration is crucial in developing a design tailored to the site and to those who live there.
Flair: Good design contains a little bit of stardust. Magic happens when the the aesthetic and the practical are artfully woven together.