|A Design Philosophy
"Though clay may be molded into a vase, the essence of the vase is the emptiness within it. Though doors and windows may be cut into a house, the essence of the house is the emptiness within it. Therefore, taking advantage of what is, we recognize the essence of what is not."
Lao Tzu - 6th Century B.C.Chinese philosopher
Creating extraordinary loft space is not about the building, it is about the space contained within, "the essence of the vase."
Within the context of built form, the two primary defining characteristics are spatial volume and light. Working with existing non-residential structures (factories, churches , schools, etc.) the potential exists to create astonishing living environments. Large volumes of space, high ceilings, long clear spans, and visible structural elements are common denominators for industrial and institutional space. Articulating and subdividing space within the building envelope is an holistic design process involving the existing structure, its external environment, planning and code constraints, and the end user, a random variable in every equation, bringing different values, goals and ideas to the table and resulting in an evolutionary design process with consistently unique results.
Maximize space and light. Work with and not against existing structure. Be aware of the surrounding environment. Ask the right questions. Listen to the answers. Consider colouring outside the lines.
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