When we start our work with a project we pay a lot of attention to the context. We explore the site and it’s surroundings in order to find out what existing qualities can be enhanced and which problems the new project needs to attend to. We sketch quite a lot on the overall concept and make site models in order to be able to study the project in a larger context. We have come to think that one cannot make a good project with a beautiful building that is badly situated. The site – however way it is – is an incredibly important resource and how one makes use of that resource is, the way we see it, probably the most critical part of an architect’s work.
Our commissions have mostly consisted of pragmatic projects with simple programs. In spite of this utilitarian context we have tried to produce buildings that have a distinct sculptural quality. When we get a formal idea – usually from freehand sketching – we search for an adequate structural concept to develop. One could probably say that we are formed by the architectural tradition where the construction itself – the way the active loads are taken care of – has a narrative and poetic potential. As such we try to work with exposed structures and we find the expression in naked details very powerful. We pursue the initial idea through models and drawings and we appreciate having a close dialogue with the structural engineer.