Architecture is both an art and a science, poetry and pragmatics, space-making and community building—all while satisfying one of the most basic human needs: shelter. It is the practice of crafting human interaction through form and space, while consciously contributing to the built environment in a way that both the individual and community can be proud of.
In order to achieve this, we believe in designing buildings and dwellings that are site specific—in scale, materiality, and context—without stylistic or formal preconceptions. Buildings that are forward thinking technologically, but also informed by their place within a larger historical trajectory.
In order to realize the goals of our philosophy, we utilize a vertically integrated approach that affords us the freedom to respond appropriately to each project’s unique set of challenges.
As developers, architects, and builders—we are able to execute our vision with a singular focus, unencumbered by competing incentives or misaligned goals. We take advantage of the efficiencies gained through our in-house collaborative effort—and seek to return it in the form of a higher quality product for both the inhabitants and the community at large.
The building industry has been notoriously lagging behind other market sectors in technological advancement—especially in relation to smaller scale developments. We call on our prior experience in large scale design and development, bringing the most innovative building technologies available and adapting them to the small scale multi-family sector.
One of these technologies is off-site fabrication and panelization of wall and floor assemblies in light gauge steel. Not only is this a superior building material compared to block or wood framing, it is much more precise and energy efficient—with almost zero waste. Utilizing this method of construction substantially expedites the building process while dramatically reducing the margin of error.
Our method harnesses efficiencies through a process-driven means of production, rather than finding efficiencies through formal repetition—which allows us to respond to site-specific conditions in each design without sacrificing or reconfiguring the means of off-site production. We call this “mass customization”.