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Architecture Co-op's design approach is structured around a process of discovery. We aim to uncover the personality of each project, revealing its unique principles and opportunities which then form the heart of our approach. With this as our starting point, we work with the detailed requirements of the client to form an integrated strategic plan which directs the creative design process. In this way our design process is founded on a rigorous assessment of relevant conditions and the client's vision which underpins a particular project. We aim to deliver buildings and environments which resonate with both a sense of place and the identity of the client.

Architecture Co-op has a design identity that is current, light and open. We work towards creating spaces that connect people with the surrounding environment - in both built and natural landscapes.

Simultaneously we strive to create a sense of place, belonging and of shelter. Our hands-on approach begins with a strong research and development phase including the input of a range of specialist consultants who assess and evaluate the relevant demands of a project, all of which serve to inform the project vision. Innovation in the selection and integration of sustainable technologies, services and materials forms part of our design ethos. The crafting of the total built environment brings together planning, architecture, landscaping, interior design and purpose-made details into a rich crafted conceptual whole.

Architecture Co-op is committed to engaging with principles of global sustainability. As design professionals we welcome this call for change and look for ways to integrate the principles of sustainability into our work. In this way we aim to strike a balance between local identity, diversity and global ecological imperatives. We use the concept of “touching the earth lightly” to guide our proposals, thus creating buildings that minimise the ecological impact of development and yet enhance its social and economic value. This low-impact approach is accompanied by our ongoing research into the use of renewable natural resources and energy, environmental control systems and natural materials in order to create a sustainable, contemporary architecture.

Collaboration and building close meaningful relationships is key to the success of all projects. Each project requires a group of people which includes clients, professionals, specialist contractors, and authorities. We assist in building an appropriate professional team to deliver the project as a whole. Part of our role is to co-ordinate the input of this team and to identify and engage with all relevant interest groups. Our strong communication drive and established network of specialists means we have become adept at putting the right people together to suit the needs of our clients and the particular demands of their projects.