Methodology

Place and use are always our staring point; we like to attend always to the environment, orientation, climate and surrounding context, but also to the cultural and historical conditions. We understand that every new building is placed not just in a specific physical place, but also in a defined historical time, and it should always refer to the legacy of that has made it possible. Much of our work is located within the urban fabric and we are acutely aware of our responsibilities to the continuum of the city; a cycle of growth and reuse. This has become a defining influence on the evolution of our architectural language, resulting in designs which are uniquely tailored to the context within which they sit.

But the use of the building is equally important for us. The character and the expectations set by our clients and future users define the outcome of our work. Requirements are interrogated and deeply explored to become the substance of a design that is always specific, unique and tailored for its specific place and purpose.

We are equally fascinated by the cultures of contemporary global and local society as well as historical and theoretical teachings of architecture, design and art. As such, our work illustrates an interest in the rapid evolution of information technology and modern methods of construction, as well as the qualities of craft and tradition. Innovation is thus cultivated in the office through research into materials, construction techniques and the cultural setting of each project.

During our years as PLANTEA, as well as previously working in local and international award-winning practices such as Frechilla López-Peláez Arquitectos (Madrid) and Duggan Morris Architects (London), we have delivered works of architecture and design of the highest calibre, something that has equipped us with the tools for delivering complex projects which are the result of reconciling the perceived conflict between the formal intentions of the architect/designer and the social, political, cultural, historical and economic conditions of place and programme.