We work through our initial design ideas exclusively through physical modelmaking and hand drawing.
Are you using any new design techniques, such as AI?
Yes, we are using MidJourney as a tool to generate mood, context and composition for our project imagery. Contrary to what seems to be discussed in the press, this is at the end of the design process to test material and composition, not as a design generator at the start.
Much of the work to date is through existing contacts, but we are currently making an effort to research and work locally.
What are the biggest challenges facing yourself as a start-up and the profession generally? The biggest challenge for the industry, particularly in the UK, is intelligent reuse, classification of existing building materials and effective evaluation of existing structures. Looking to the continent, we are woefully behind. Changing building regulations around timber construction is also paramount.
Which scheme, completed in the last five years, has inspired you most?
Lacaton & Vassal is the practice whose work has made the most important shift in contemporary architectural culture, especially its project at Grand Parc Bordeaux. As for the UK, I have always loved the focused work of Witherford Watson Mann.