Inhabitat: How do you balance innovative design with functional building?
I firmly believe that design can only be considered as good architecture if the function has been fully integrated and enhanced. Accommodating the function is a very important part of the beauty without which a building may be thought of as art, but should not be considered as architecture.
Inhabitat: What does green design and sustainability mean to you? And how do you try to implement it?
Sustainability is ingrained in the work of Original Vision. It is not seen as an add-on but as an integral element that helps guide design. This ethos, to reduce and reuse as much as possible, is nurtured from a project’s inception, throughout the design process, during construction and on into the final operation of the environments we create.
Inhabitat: What Kind of projects are you working on these days?
We have really found a niche in the Resort and Residential sector. This provides us with fantastic variety in our work. Currently on our drawing boards are everything from one-off homes to multi and mixed use destination resorts. One of the perks in this line of work is that most of it is in beautiful locations.
Inhabitat: What recommendations would you give to an architect entering the profession right now?
Seven or so years in education looks very daunting when you start off, but it soon slips by. One does however need to be disciplined and have a high degree of self-motivation, as one of the most valuable tools one learns is self-learning. At the end of the day, the training one gets as an architect is extremely demanding but it also provides a very broad and sound base, from which a whole spectrum of careers are possible.
Alex Levin is a writer for Granite Transformations, a remodeling company dedicated to advancing green remodeling practices by finding new ways to recycle and reduce waste such as making granite countertops that require less material to produce and can be installed without demolition.