A house is the most personal of architectural journeys to embark upon. The team at JWA enjoys developing a close relationship with our clients, getting to know and understand their ambitions and needs. The design ideas for a new house emerge from this dialogue and from our reading of the site. We are good observers, gathering our thoughts before acting.
Often, we start by conceptually mapping the site – through drawings and models – to understand its topography, its flora and opportunities for views. An aspect may be outward beyond the site borrowing a landscape or seascape to situate the house in its environment. It may also be inwardly focused on a courtyard, a garden to explore. The careful choreography of views is an obsession of our practice, and a defining characteristic of our houses.