What exactly is a timeless design? Why should we strive for it and why is it important? Since earliest times, humans have sought to add a dimension beyond utility to the implements they used and the shelters that accommodate life’s daily activities. In the first century AD, Roman architect Vitruvius described three principles of Architecture: firmitatis, utilitatis, venustatis, or durability, utility, beauty: the Vitruvian Triad. Fast-forward to this century, and buildings are ubiquitous in an age where urbanisation is accelerating at breakneck speed. In our cities, the built environment surrounds us and, occasionally, a building will strike a chord, uplift us and inspire. What is it about these places that make them important to us, long past their completion? Once fashions change, buildings are difficult and expensive to transform. You can't just re-style it with the latest trend and expect it to look great in twenty years, or even in five years. Unlike a bad haircut, it won’t grow back… If we take one of Vitruvius’ principles, beauty, what is needed to achieve a resilient, long-lasting design? The following tenets underpin our approach to sustainable design, ensuring that we don't give our clients a fashionable outcome, but a timeless one.
- scale – Are the proportions of the building appropriate the context and function?
- materials – Will they last? Do they age gracefully? Have they been well-crafted?
- detail – Has the resolution of the design been well considered? Does it delight?