I LIKE A PUZZLE AND A CHALLENGE. TAKING SMALL PIECES AND PUTTING THEM TOGETHER.
As an architect, on the most fundamental level, you’re putting things together to form a whole. On top of that, you need to consider how the end user relates to the spaces inside, and how the building itself relates to its context.
The minimalist architectural style is a constant source of inspiration. When you place fundamental design elements together in a meaningful way, it emphasises the raw form that is created and encourages you to utilise less while creating more.
Another inspiration is the Danish Architect Bjarke Ingels. The clear, pragmatic way he expresses his concepts is outstanding.
Looking to the future, sustainability will be absolutely critical. Globally, architects and building owners are focusing on energy efficiency, reducing wastage and the way we use natural resources. The challenge is to bring this thinking into a New Zealand context. There’s some good work taking place but so much more that could be done.
One project I really enjoyed being part of was the Vunabaka resort in Fiji. Vunabaka was sophisticated in the way it combined traditional island style with modern amenities. The inaccessibility of the development on a small tropical island meant it utilised modern sustainable technologies such as solar panels and organic waste disposal. The result was beautifully crafted but also state-of-the-art.