a team of creative professionals dedicated to deliver innovative design for the natural + built environment, starting from early conceptual works up to execution and finishing works of buildings, landscaping, energy & resource innovation and building management techniques.
As designers we believe in individually tailored solutions for the built environment, to engage in economically valuable solutions as much as a high social impact by providing innovative spatial qualities. With over two decades international experience, our expertise spans from large scale urban developments to office, living and entertainment design to interior design and landscaping.
OUR CORE TEAM
Landscape + Community work
Michael W. Negatu
are usually required in larger scale projects. This document (based on the individual requirements of a client) supports various needs; an initial approach to investors, banks or other stakeholders involved in the early stage of a project development. The report includes an overview of current local market trends, site analysis, potential risk analysis and other important factors for a safe and timely implementation of the project. On request, additional services can be added (e.g. soil tests, site survey, render images or any specific research that might be crucial for the success of a project). A preliminary discussion with the client will define the adequate scope of work and remuneration.
a typical design consultation starts with the discussion between clients and consultants to look at options concerning the program of a project. This involves first studies on sizing and programmatic distribution, e.g. commercial vs. residential layouts in a large-scale development, additional programs (spas, restaurants etc.) and the implication of those (parking, accessibility, services). The result is a brochure including all the aspects of the clients requirements, with a rough layout (Scale 1:500, 1:200) and a cost estimate. Additional studies can be added on request (e.g. sustainability issues, water / electricity requirements, density, amortization rates etc.)
PRELIMINARY DESIGN – DRAFT
the preliminary Design stage includes a set of drawings (only architectural) including site plans, floor plans (and if needed sections and elevations, sketches, renders etc.). This service is usually conducted, when a client is uncertain about the program and needs to visualize various design options prior to the permit stage. Further attention can be put to additional requirements (fire protection, sustainability issues, other regulations).
the planning permit is needed prior to the start of a construction. This service includes all necessary works for implementation including structural and architectural drawings as well as electrical and sanitary drawings and reports. The full package is then submitted to the planning office and usually requires some re-work or negotiation to finalize the permit process. This stage also includes a cost estimate of each of the four main consultant works.
supervision of works is crucial for a successful project, we are dedicated to follow the works, from early site planning to the last finishing touches.
DESIGN AND BUILD PACKAGES
this service offers a full package for the client from the early design stage to the finished building. This includes an early collaboration between the architect and the contractor to develop all stages of design, permit and construction. This service is usually required if the project is a large-scale development, a series of repetitive / similar buildings or if the client requires minimum involvement.
All of the above mentioned services are conducted either within the office or in collaboration with additional consultants – according to need. Once the client defines the scope of work, services required will then be detailed, and discussed prior approval and execution.