V8 and the engine that powers its architecture
For every programme, budget, context, regulation et cetera, there is one optimal functional plan that integrates and maximizes the effect of every aspect and results in a lucid spatial system. It relates to archetypal typologies, is an innovative interpretation and generates a new logic, while also ensuring that all users and visitors are able to understand and appreciate the building.
The materialization of the spatial system connects the building with its context. Rather than divorcing the building from its surroundings, the material palette reinforces the local narrative and introduces a new chronological layer. A solid selection of a limited number of materials serves to emphasize the building’s position in time and place, with differences in colour and texture providing depth and nuance.
The way the material is handled and the individual elements are linked together tells the story of the building’s genesis; it reveals the underlying idea. The detailing forms the narrative, invoking wonder and interpretation. It testifies to the craftsmanship, the ambition and the energy of the makers – from client to construction manager, from designer to carpenter. If the material palette is the language, the detailing provides the accent. Without the accent it would still be still perfectly comprehensible, but the accent makes it all just that little bit richer.