From the moment our clients articulate their intent to start a development project, we help them find a property, create the project plan, devise drafts, draw up the documents for the authorities, create the construction plans, manage the construction, perform technical supervision and handle delivery/acceptance.
A situation may emerge in any phase of the project when a major decision is to be made, and if you want to make this decision responsibly, you need carefully researched and planned supporting documents describing several options. This may be a layout plan and a business case before the property is purchased, concepts and market analyses for a specific design programme, alternative solutions for parts of a plan with related costs, or the comparison of time and cost requirements of the technology options during the construction. Clients can always rely on the comprehensive expertise of our colleagues.
We create schematic plans for the selected property – both when clients have specific requirements and when they only have vague ideas – that describe several reasonable options, or, if required, options beyond the reasonable.
The concepts highlight different parameters and present the strengths and compromises of the different versions along these lines. After a few discussions about the concept, by clarifying these parameters and agreeing on the advantages, we find a well-defined direction that ensures the largest overlap between the potential of the property and the development ideas of the client.
When working on the different options, we consider the regulatory environment in the area, the natural assets of the location and the external effects of a potential intervention. The findings of these are matched with the size requirements of the planned functional spatial groups and their connections. From this vast information we create mass, prepare drawings and estimate construction costs.
Basic ideas about the development are the easiest to modify in the concept phase. It is possible to turn in a completely new direction, either because of the needs of the client, or after studying the results of different variations. Basic principles are laid down in the concept on which every future part of the project is built, so it is important that these principles are fine-tuned until they are unquestionable. These might involve small things like the number of rooms in a detached home, or the basic energy carrier of a multifunctional public building. If these questions are dealt with at an unsuitable time, modifications might ruin all the work done until that point. So we strive to shape and devise the set of ideas and arguments which are the most viable and which have been examined from the most possible aspects.
In addition to the more conspicuous parts of the work, an important product of this phase is the preliminary planning programme, which describes the necessary project elements, their connections and approximate sizes. This is a text on which further work is built, one we can get back to and one we can further specify, and it can be used in tendering when we are looking for participants for the project.
When a specific concept has been devised and the basic parameters of the development are clear, more professionals join in to create the programme together. Depending on the scale and complexity of the task, the ideas devised so far are introduced to the specialist designers needed for the implementation, and we refine the plans working closely together.
We study the project in detail from structural, building engineering, building electrical systems, fire protection, landscaping, sustainability and other aspects that are relevant to the specific project, and we present options for selecting the optimal systems.
The final size of the planned rooms and spaces are defined, and are arranged according to the architectural concept. A structure is added to this internal functional system, and the visual appearance and the mechanical and electrical systems are devised accordingly. We collect the materials and surfaces that are optimal from several aspects. We examine options in relation to sustainability, transport, access, the number of visitors and many other aspects that are relevant in the project, so that we have to make the fewest possible compromises.
The resulting architectural concept is presented to and assessed by the clients, who, with their own experts, evaluate its content according to their preferences. Taking aspects like operation, investment and payback, marketing, etc. into consideration, either the plan is approved, or we create a new preliminary plan with modifications.
One of the main goals of construction and architecture is to create interior spaces that are practicable, have a positive atmosphere and are aesthetically pleasing. From the beginning of the design project, when the spaces for use are arranged, we consider how the internal space will be shaped. Our buildings are designed with a complex approach, focusing on the harmony of the visual appearance of the interior and the exterior.
We have experience in functional aesthetics and interiors, as well as in extravagant, unique designs, and we are always ready for new challenges. We know that being practical and logical is often the best, but sometimes, when the designer gets a free hand, something special is added to the interior that will attract guest and visitors in itself.
Working out creative processes in detail is essential in our design processes. Designing a building is more than just shaping the interior space and the exterior, we also create atmosphere. Designing and selecting furniture that suits the space, and shaping the graphic image and advertising spaces of the building are integral parts of the architectural vision that gives colour and light to the newly created living space.
Visualisation is the part of the design process where we present the visual ideas we have in a schematic, artistic, realistic, etc. form. The main objective of visualisation is visual representation. In our work, we try to convey the atmosphere and feeling of the specific projects. We display spatial relations, mass proportions, materials and colours that are used.
When we define, also considering the needs of clients and the level of detail of the specific design phase, the level of detail of the visualisation, our priority is to achieve the best possible understanding. In line with this, we create the following:
Video representations make it considerably easier to understand masses, proportions and scales. They are impressive and evoke atmospheres, with customized scenes to suit the clients’ needs, possibly in the form of promotional videos. These presentations provide clear information to our clients, and explain the background of the ideas we incorporated in the design process in a compact way. They highlight and present, from the necessary aspects, the key elements required for decision-making in the course of the project. Preparing these materials requires more time and effort than still-image visuals, but videos also provide a more impressive experience. They are essential for making decisions that determine the path of major projects and for marketing.