Examples of similar projects are reviewed to see what has been successful, and what less so. The case studies are reviewed with you to help develop the brief.
Configuration of spaces
Through space relationship diagrams we can test different options for arranging the building. We can establish a hierarchy of relationships, which spaces must be adjoining, which have more flexibility in location.
Site analysis and strategy
Site characteristics influence the locating of new buildings. Opportunities are identified and tested to determine the best strategy for the site, taking on board existing features, views, neighbours, construction process and environmental conditions.
Taking the relationship diagrams, areas brief and site strategy, a strategy can be developed for the building. Sustainability issues will be considered as these can influence arrangement of spaces and orientation.
From the strategy, plan options will be prepared to review, test and refine. At this stage, a wider consultation can be held to get feedback from those who will use the building. From this process a clear direction for the building will be identified.
Cardboard models can supplement the sketch plan arrangements to give a flavour of the building form. These will vary in style to explore ideas. The preferred direction is often a combination of different options.
Once a clear direction is established, sketches are still a quick method of investigating the form of the building, including material choices and roof scape.
Sketches can help people to get a sense of the scale of proposed buildings on the site and the relationship to existing site features.
3D computer modelling
Computer modelling allows us to generate accurate 3D views, and can also be used for walk-throughs, giving you an early glimpse of what it could be like to be in your completed building.
Finalising the Design
Images taken from computer models can be overlayed on photographs from the site. These can be useful for consultation with the local community.
Coloured elevations & 3D Views
Once the design has been refined and agreed, coloured elevations can be prepared for the planning application. These, together interior and exterior 3D views can be useful for publicity and fundraising.
Consultation is at the heart of the design process. Involving you, the client, those who will use the building, neighbours, the local authority and statutory consultees, amongst others, will ensure you get a building that meets your requirements and hopefully surpasses expectations.