In short, my CALLING lies in the intersection between CREATING and COMMUNICATING the necessity of keeping nature close – in our homes as well as our minds.
My 7 principles when developing projects
It’s about feeling as though you’ve arrived
Being seduced by light
Passing from space to space
Making the space your own
Feeling outside when you’re indoors
Turning the ordinary into the extraordinary.
In all, 7 principles, instruments, or PATTERNS if you will, which I constantly weave into my work when creating architectural experiences. They can be applied in all new constructions, extensions and remodeling rebuilds.
Here’s how I work with historic builings
I use HISTORY to advocate my vision. Connecting the seven patterns to history demonstrates why they remain important to this day. History takes them out of the realm of the abstract and grounds them in precedent and tradition. For instance, creating an open layout or trying to blur the boundaries between inside and outside may sound like modern, perhaps unorthodox ideas, but the fact is that architects have been doing both for hundreds of years.
I often have a scientific approach too
To me, it’s about CREATING spaces suited for the human mind; spaces that speak to us on a primal level in the language of nature. We may wear clothes, drive cars and sign mortgages, but I think we tend to forget how similar we still are to our ape cousins; after all, 99.9% of our evolution as a species has taken place in nature. It is only in the last 100 years or so that humanity as a whole has transitioned to an indoor life, and in so doing invented a culture that justified the change.
Our brains, however, remain at home in nature.
My passion + my brain = true architecture
Therefore, my passion is to discover ways to design spaces that feed into this primal need we have to be out in nature, where we can feel at peace; at home.
The architectural history I’m referring to shows us that these same concepts were toyed with during the transition from unique constructions to mass-produced uniformity. We (architects) still work with them, but as the engineers of mass production displace us from more and more of our historical work areas (a development that all professions can relate to– it is the very premise of industrialisation, after all), we - and by ‘we’ I mean you, me and society in general – have forgotten to incorporate nature into our lives and to relate our creations to what makes us human. As a society, we have built a culture in which we have forgotten to consider how the spaces in which we work and live truly make us feel. What I want you to feel is not the layout and design –those are just the consumer goods. Rather, my aim is to weave these seven patterns together in a way that allows your mind to feel the same inspiration, relief, comfort, excitement, and sense of being that it does in nature.
We are learning more and more about the brain. It is only in recent years that consumers have been able to buy simple and portable brainwave headsets to scan brainwaves. So really, it’s only very recently that brain researchers, and researchers in general, have been able to see what goes on in the brain when it’s out in nature!