What We Do
We design from large scale masterplans to small scale interiors with architecture at the centre
Since 2000, our Winchester-based studio has been sculpting award-winning, dynamic architecture in the education, business, public and private sectors, with projects in local, national and international arenas. Our signature lies not in formulae or style, but in unique high-quality design and technical resolution, where intensive research leads to responsible innovation.
We are challenging in our approach, believing that the potential for quality lies behind every unpromising beginning. So we do not always need big budgets to achieve big results, and we often exceed our clients’ expectations by achieving striking architecture from modest budgets. The professional delivery of our projects is important to us; so we monitor the quality and service of construction up to and beyond occupation.
With our understanding of materials, and experience with the reality of making buildings, we create robust architecture that matures with dignity.
We enjoy breathing life and dignity back to forgotten or mis-used buildings and spaces.
Wherever possible our designs integrate architecture with landscape in order to capitalise on the symbiotic relationships between the flora, fauna, people and building.
Our bridge designs in particular display a very pure fusion of structure and architecture, with strong sculpture and geometrical qualities.
We often design the interiors of our own new buildings, but also enjoy breathing new life into existing spaces and places.
Our buildings demonstrate how flexible accommodation, easy way-finding, environmental control and quality external space all benefit the teaching, learning and social development experience.
Our buildings should speak for themselves in terms of navigation and use, but clear wayfinding can also help orientation.
The masterplan is a living document which describes a framework for development.
Working With You
Design Engine makes you think, and feel part of your project
We believe in a design approach we call ‘Design by Dialogue’. This can involve one-to-one briefing or wider presentations but involves close consultation with all stakeholders of a project along the way so that they feel part of the process and a sense of ownership.
We always have the eventual user in mind
Our buildings must provide a continual source of enjoyment whilst achieving functionality at all levels. So throughout the design and construction process we always have the eventual users in mind, as well as the building’s impact on the public realm.
The aim of design is to achieve clarity from a complex set of issues. By understanding the aspirations of the client and extracting the essence from the brief we deliver buildings which exceeded expectations, whilst offering consistency in approach and variety in execution.