Since 1985, over the course of a broad range of projects, they’ve arrived at a series of different responses to the same question: What is architecture today? If not an art object or a personality cult, then what are the possibilities?
They have built their practice on a distinctive way of thinking rather than a trademark style. Mindful of the shortcomings of many architectural “interventions,” their approach a project as the occasion to put global experience in the service of local cultures and contexts. Technology meets traditional methods of fabrication. The design of each unique project informs the next, building a knowledge base that helps free us from conventional understandings.
Advocate, provocateur, broker, shaman-their role may vary, depending on the situation. Their inspiration resides not in the grandiose and the monumental but in larger existential questions, and in focused observations of the sensual, the tactile, the unexpected: their favorite streets in their favorite cities, a stairway they remember, a room glimpsed in passing, seen through an open door. The spatial becomes a means to the spiritual.
Urban plans, private homes, office complexes, museums, interiors, furniture, bathtubs, table settings, lipstick. The big and the small are to them equally compelling.
Their backgrounds, their interests, and their idiosyncrasies converge in our life in the studio. Together, they seem to have shed the capacity to distinguish between what’s serious and what’s fun. The serious business of architecture is fun in their experience.