How should a moderate-income-accessible development combining residential accommodation, retail, and office space turn out? Should it be no more than adequate, fit-for-purpose, and on budget? Or should it immediately offer a memorable addition to the cityscape and contribute directly to the vitality of its surroundings?
Budget Is Not A Fatal Constraint On Delight. Lack Of Ambition Is.
At Schmidt Associates, we believe with passion that every project is capable of surprising and delighting its owners and its users. The limiting factor is rarely the budget. The true constraint is a lack of ambition, clouded further by an absence of vision. That’s why our first objective is to challenge ourselves to discover everything that a design solution could be. And when it comes to creating places that people are going to call home, our pursuit of originality and excellence becomes more than an aesthetic preference. It’s our professional duty too.
We exercise that duty, which is also a pleasure, by asking ourselves one fundamental question. How can we approach the basic task of putting roofs over people’s heads in ways that enhance and enrich their lives every day they spend living within this design? The answer lies in utilization of the same space that everyone else sees in front of them, but in ways that occur only to those who are determined not simply to satisfy but to delight.
Inspiring Design Sees Possibilities. And Then Realizes Them.
Possibilities realized can mean glass where everyone expected brick, sunlight where everyone thought only shadows were possible, a balcony instead of a blank wall, or the outstanding where nobody expected very much at all. The techniques are as varied as the needs that exist. Only the outcome is the same: surprise and pleasure at how previously familiar spaces and everyday materials can combine to create the extraordinary.
Delivering surprise and delight is what drives our dedicated Schmidt Associates’ Lifestyle Team. To discover their unique take on why there really should be no place like home, get in touch.