An architect is responsible for the design of buildings which both serve a specific purpose and also relate positively to the environment.
But what constitutes an effective approach to the problems of the built environment? What strategies should be used to ensure successful planning and development? And by what criteria do we judge a good building? Resolving these questions lie at the heart of our approach to architecture.
Architecture is a dialogue with the community it is interactive, and will help to shape how that community will develop and prosper. It is recognised that a buildings success, both spatially and over its lifetime, will be a result of how well it is able to respond to its requirements and surroundings.
Modern urban development is an increasingly complex and inclusive process. Schemes are devised within the framework of government and local planning legislation, and are further subjected to intense scrutiny from local societies, residents associations, pressure groups and many other interested parties. New regulations are constantly introduced and public perceptions change.
An architect has to work within these constraints and respond frequently to competing voices. It is complex, emotive and commercially demanding.
At PKS Architects we recognise this challenge and appreciate how these various demands will determine the most appropriate solutions to the built environment.
Every challenge is individual, every site or building is unique. At PKS, any new project commences with extensive research and investigation. Diligent and informed studies reveal the deeper opportunities of a site and its location — in contrast to a preconceived or style-led solution. The approach is inclusive, meticulous and analytical but above all it is essentially creative.
The critical architectural vocabulary of form, space, volume and light is completed by an appreciation of context and temporalities. Just as voids and spaces are of equal importance to solids, so a thorough analysis of context can demonstrate that what is not seen at the surface of the problem can be of pivotal importance.
At PKS we combine logical thought and intuitive ideas. The artist within the scientist leads to creative concepts which are tested to reveal a new knowledge. Through an understanding of what exists and previously existed, the enquiry becomes a "dis-cover-y" that requires a creative leap to realise the form that will bring appropriate architecture into being. The process is nurtured between the architect, the client and the planners: the dialogue that characterises successful architecture has begun.
This approach has been successful in producing visually dynamic and relevant solutions to development opportunities and also in securing major planning consents.
The vision at PKS Architects is simple: to produce a distinctive architecture of the highest quality and solutions that are both strategically adept and conceptually sound, fulfilling the aspirations of the client and community.