From far away

architecture for the 99%

4 It is important that architects visit the places where we work. It is not always possible, however. Is it essential?

Nowadays we have the technology to communicate and to “travel” without leaving the office. Applying these mechanisms can work for those who are far away, or for whom, being close do not have the time or resources to organize a site visit.
This is a good example.

It was typical unfinished basement of a Canadian home, with a large area but also with lots of obstacles: areas for air conditioning and heating machines and several “right in the middle” columns. The owners wanted to build a casual seating area, a guest bedroom and a study. No construction details were needed, as the local contractor could handle them without problems. Neither we had to define the materials and finishes as the family had already chosen them. Because the house was new…

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