Architecture is and has always been a dream and function as well as an expression of a utopia and instrument of convenience. Architecture as the expression of our values – our way of building is a mirror of the way we live. In our practice, we put imagination, quality of life, and the relationship to the natural environment at the center of our practice. In the reality of our work, we generate design, evolving out of a specific context at a unique place.
We believe the best architecture comes from a synthesis of all the elements that separately comprise and inform the character of a building: the structure that holds it up; the services that allow it to function; its ecology; the quality of natural light; the symbolism of the form; the relationship of the building to the skyline or the streetscape; the way you move through or around it; and last but not least its ability to lift the spirits. This holistic approach is augmented by a strong commitment to the clients we serve, and also to the public domain and the many users involved.
As a team, rooted in Hong Kong and Switzerland, we base on two studios and their related networks. The projects are typically developed by a group that keeps connected with the project from the very first moment to its completion. Each project we undertake is unique and we aim to generate bespoke solutions that meet the needs of its connected users and stakeholders.
Our four main steps in our working process ensure that the right things get done at the right time by the right people in order to integrate the complex requirements to deliver integrated interior design solutions:
We validate the project brief and challenge it through research and observations of the existing context in order to: Look inside the brief to understand the case, context, and the processes where the new space or service will be deployed, and look outside to the ecosystem, market environment, and culture.
We use architectural engineering approaches to find and invent new spatial patterns and frameworks for the future urban context or services. We communicate design directions and alternatives in a concise and visual manner as a well-experienced specialist.
Results: working models, content frameworks, draft guidelines, mappings, design solution concepts, etc.
Based on the two previous phases, we design and deliver the final solutions. The output is depending on the specific project profile. It describes the guideline for the selected solution and provides the in-depth information needed for implementation.
Results: design guidelines, detail designs, product or service specifications, movies, presentations, plans, etc.
With our studios we participate in or overtake the lead in the construction phase of the project. We ensure that our work is implemented as intended: functional, beautiful, and economically successful.
Results: implementation guideline and quality management support etc.
As we are based in Hong Kong & Switzerland, we merge two service cultures. The autonomy and consistency of a Swiss Architectural practice and the openness of a practice in Hong Kong, serving as a cultural connector and mediator.
Designing spaces for and with our clients is a process that requires an outstanding set of skills, patience, and mutual trust. As architects, we can provide a foundation of success in the spaces we build, spaces for happiness and pleasure, passion and contemplation as well as moments of silence.
As architects, we can achieve outstanding spaces with new solutions to enrich the lives of the users.
...for existing communities who seek to upgrade the spaces they share or for owners of new developments, aiming to provide an outstanding quality of the environments for their future users.[learn more]
...for homeowners wishing to live in a bespoke and unique place in harmony with the environment, designed to respect & support the specificity of the building and to incorporate the needs of the future user.[learn more]
...for individual and corporate clients who wish to have a clear understanding of specific opportunities assess the building condition and its development potentials before a specific real estate gets selected and purchase negotiations lead to a new transaction.
...with individuals or corporations aiming for the creation of outstanding and truly sustainable communities. Joint ventures that serve the purpose of the future users, with a unique quality of life within a footprint based on nature's boundary conditions.
...for individuals or corporations who would like to optimize the long term value of their properties and achieve ambitious sustainable development goals within the regular renovation and maintenance cycles to optimize the living quality within and around the building and to secure the highest possible property value by achieving highest possible environmental standards.