Inhabitat: How would you characterize the kind of architecture you create? Is there a unifying theme behind all your projects?
Our principle driving force is to create places and spaces where people just love to be. We aim to design environments that are extraordinary. Space, light and texture are our main tools and we strive to harmonize beauty with function and create architecture with depth and meaning.
Inhabitat: What are your first considerations when approaching a project?
The two elements that are crucial to a successful project are a complete understanding of the site and a concise and accurate brief. We spend a considerable amount of time getting to know our sites and getting down on paper what a project should be before we make the first concepts of design.
Inhabitat: It seems that in this project there was a lot of focus on creating views onto the natural surroundings. How do environment, neighborhood and culture inform your design? What role does nature play in your designs?
The site is one of the two most important elements to us. In Villa Amanzi, the site provided a very rare opportunity of making the outdoor environment completely meld with the villa so that the two have become one. The stunning view, the treacherous rock face and the natural tropical landscape are all completely assimilated in the design.