Public & Arts
Projects imbued with a cultural or arts based content, by their nature, touch people in different ways.
Unlike housing, retail and workplace sectors, which fulfil almost purely functional requirements of shelter and industry, projects which focus on cultural programmes are predominantly intended for exchange, reflection and creativity. As such, it might be argued that such projects are driven by a deeper intellectual rigour, and often through a more engaged collaborative process which tends to seek out innovation and creativity.
We believe many project typologies overlap with this sector, including learning spaces, public realm work, and creative workspace, as well as pure arts including theatre, dance and cinema. Most of our work in this field has been won through competition and ranges from small scale mobile structures through to elaborate and complex site wide strategies for creative learning campus'.
As with every project in our portfolio, our methods are applied through layered and iterative means, employing a wide range of media to explore and (re)invent themes represented by the brief. Continually mindful of budget and programme constraints, our work draws upon cultural, economic and historic factors resulting in specificity. We believe this to be crucial, and an antidote to the generic offering of much of our urban infrastructure. Thus our buildings speak to the people, of the people, through form, material and spatial configuration. This is to say that a building designed as a library, gallery or theatre should not be bombastic and self-referential, but through sensitive, sophisticated and concise application can be dynamic whilst remaining empathetic to its context.
It is important, however, that the architectural language communicates to a wider audience, ensuring it is both iconographic as well as accessible. This may appear dichotomous, but in many ways this conflict of needs necessitates a certain complexity which ensures richness.