Architecture & Design Culture
Our design culture and traditions follow the Courtyard House which we built almost four decades ago in Poole, Dorset, England, now a Grade 2 listed building.
This is essentially a 'Classic Contemporary Architecture' using Golden Section proportions and classic three / five composition.
These roots are firmly connected to designs established by the Case Study Architects, Craig Ellwood for example, in California in the 1950s. Poole Harbour with its rich marine pine and rhododendron landscapes after all is the closest environment we have to LA / California in the UK.
The composition, lightness and transparency of this small and influential project has served as a design icon for most of our large scale projects such as The Queens Stand at Epsom, Clubhouse for The Derby [Financial Tmes Award], Arundel Great Court Hotel for Land Securities' apartments on the River Thames Embankment, The House on Evening Hill, Poole Harbour [The House of the year award 2004] The Ercol Factory and the nineteen floor Crown Place offices close to Broadgate in The City of London.
Most recent of these designs is Kingsgate House apartments, a leading design for clean architecture, low energy in use and low carbon in construction. This has been designed to fit the proportions and context of a classic Victorian context and set in a taught urban environment on London's Kings Road.
Earlier work prior to 1985 also included designs working with [now Sir] Norman Foster for Stansted Airport, The Sainsbury Centre for the Visual Arts, The Hong Kong and Shanghai Bank and other well known projects.
Our work in London and the UK is complimented and informed by a high level research and teaching at some of Europe's leading technical Universities from where many of our younger staff have originated.
We combine elegant 'Classic Contemporary Architecture' in our wide ranging mixed use and cultural buildings with a emphasis on architecture and product design informed by a low carbon 'clean architecture'. One of the most advanced concepts in low consumption clean living is our 'micro compact home', now established as an international pioneering design and exhibited at the Museum of Modern Art in New York in 2008.