Selecting an architect is an important decision. Clients put a great deal of faith in an architect to translate their ideas, dreams, and practical requirements into a built form. Even though the cornerstone of Green Point Design's service philosophy is to listen and respond to our clients' wishes, I believe it is useful for new clients to know what features I value in a well-designed building. That is why I have written the following statement of design philosophy.
Eric Zehrung, Architect
A WELL DESIGNED BUILDING IS ONE WHICH...
Context and Community
- enhances the qualities of the wider community, landscapes and streetscapes.
- promotes the responsible use of resources
- encourages and supports a wide range of social and individual activities
- considers both indoor and outdoor spaces
- accommodates specific uses, yet allows for changes of lifestyles over time
Form and Aesthetics
- makes appropriate use of form, shape, scale, texture, and colour
- can be 'read' - its internal layout is visible in external form
- is pleasing to look at
- is comfortable, balanced and restful...
- ...also invites activity, vitality and creativity
- is convenient and easy to live in
- successfully utilises natural heating, cooling, ventilation, and daylighting strategies
suited to the climate and the season
Materials and Products
- uses good quality materials and products - functional, tasteful, and timeless
- supports local and Australian manufacturers
- supports manufacturers whose business practices are ethical and agreeable
- uses plantation timbers and recycled materials where appropriate
- recognises that communication is the key to a successful building project
- pays equal attention to building costs and building designs
- is fun to design, to build and to live in