OUR BASIC TENETS

  • An architect must be a sensitive LISTENER capable of TRANSLATING into ARCHITECTURE the client’s WISHES and NEEDS, as well as PRACTIBLE SOLUTIONS
  • Every project should be UNIQUE, just as every individual is unique, and every PLACE is unique
  • Every PLACE has its own climate, topography, and landscape, but also its own history and meanings
  • If the architect arbitrarily imposes his own will, narcissism comes into play, even when the result is good
  • If the sum of the parts of the client’s wish drive the process, the result may be a “PATCHWORK”
  • Iif “tendencies” or “styles” prevail, we may end up with a lovely but DATED object, which will soon become OBSOLETE
  • It’s up to the architect to create a “GOOD PROJECT” — which doesn’t follow a formula but meets the objective and subjective demands of each client, using best practices, with economy, quality, comfort, and elegance, and is an expression of “its time”
  • “I HAVE NEVER SOUGHT BEAUTY BUT ALWAYS POETRY,” as Lina Bo Bardi used to say
  • If there’s poetry, we perceive it through our senses — it’s a beauty that renovates itself and thus endures
  • “It was exactly what I wanted. Only I didn’t know that’s how it would turn out” — this is the best definition I know of the architect’s job, a comment made by my first client, Pedro Paulo Lima Betim Paes Leme.

    EXAMPLES OF OUR CHOICES

  • Offering different visual and/or spatial experiences in each project, avoiding monotony and sterile spaces, which are never used
  • On sloped sites, PLACING the building smoothly, avoiding cutting the terrain or creating “plateaus,” enhancing the work
  • SIMPLICITY that doesn’t result in a “cool” or “sterile” feeling

  • FLUIDITY and integration among interior spaces

  • INTEGRATION between interior spaces and the exterior space

  • When appropriate, incorporating the LANDSCAPING into the architecture itself
  • SELECTIVE use of HARDWOOD so as not to encourage deforestation

  • Providing natural LIGHTING and VENTILATION in any internal spaces

  • DEFINING and pre-sizing the STRUCTURE

  • DETERMINING with the client all INSTALLATION points such as electrical, plumbing, phone, data cables, etc., and anticipating shafts and duct passages
  • Providing the highest degree of SUSTAINABILITY suitable for each case
  • Following the work until its completion to resolve the inevitable alterations and/or
    problems arising during construction
  • ON ARCHITECTURE

  • ARCHITECTURE is the most TECHNICAL of ARTS and the most ARTISTIC of TECHNIQUES
  • It works with more than just TEXTURES, COLORS, or MATERIALS
  • It’s all about SPACE, LIGHT, VOLUMES, VENTILATION, INSULATION, Ambient Comfort, COSTS, choice of APPROPRIATE TECHNIQUES, integration into the ENVIRONMENT and CULTURE, possible SUSTAINABILITY, MEMORY, FANTASY, and DESIRES
  • “ARCHITECTURE isn’t an exact discipline — living between art and technique, producing art and technique, it’s also POETIC”(Marcelo Carvalho Ferraz in Arquitectura Conversável, Edit.Azougue)
  • ARCHITECTURE must be “EXPERIENCED” to be understood. Photos, models, and videos are not enough
  • Anything done in ARCHITECTURE today is the result of its entire HISTORY
  • No INVENTION or CREATION comes from “NOTHING”
  • ARCHITECTURE is the expression of the DESIRES and CUSTOMS of each era, achieved with the RESOURCES and TECHNOLOGIES available

  • – To be “MODERN” is to be current, with an eye to the future
    “MODERNISM,” or the “Modernist Movement”, in architecture, began at the turn of the 19th century to the 20th, leaving us, among its FINE legacies, “the integration of the interior with the exterior”
    – Then came other Movements: Postmodernism, Deconstructionism, etc.
    – Fortunately, we can always be MODERN, keeping current with OUR TIME, with an eye to OUR FUTURE, without “ISMS”