|Philosophically, our work is mindful of place and people - we work within the African tradition of spaces being emotional carriers of meaning. Our buildings are ‘ happy buildings’; fabricated landscapes where light, colour, materials, texture, and the change of seasons all interplay to delight the senses and lift the spirit. Buildings are first conceived of in the studio as a series of spatial experiences, and developed by a small team through a process of discussion and drawing
The process continues on site where the finer details are adjusted and evolve to suit available skills and materials. Inexpensive, readily available materials are used in innovative ways; crafts-people, artisans and labourers, are up-skilled, thus increasing their work opportunities and enthusiasm through inviting engagement with the project. This necessary economy of means permeates the way our buildings are designed and detailed – with the flexibility to recycle found materials or use them in inventive ways. Local skills, local materials and local conditions guide the process
For us, the ‘making’ of the building, is as significant as the design process. This is reflected in the output of the practice – over 130 buildings in the last twenty-odd years. Each of our buildings is a specific response to a particular client and site and a unique expression of its place.
The work of the practice has won awards from several bodies and has been exhibited and published locally and internationally.