In our practice, we believe unique architecture is that which seeks to solve a problem, whether contextual, programmatic, or otherwise. Successful architecture considers both the literal and psychological framework of a building and endeavors to equally satisfy the aesthetic, cognitive, and physiological requirements of those who inhabit the space. Unique architecture is varied and complex and creates an almost imperceptible buzz, the effects of which can be measured in its ability to make our every day lives more enriched.

In many respects, architecture that is not unique is just the opposite. Even industry outsiders know it when they see it: generic, monolithic, boxy, one size fits most designs that favor efficiency and/or trends over all else. These designs don’t have to be ugly to be offensive – indeed, many are quite neat and aesthetically pleasant – but looks alone are not enough to combat the apathy and ennui that settles in once the initial blush of newness has worn off.

Studies indicate that residents of built environments that focus solely on aesthetics are less happy than those whose surroundings are more varied in their style and purpose. In other words, what our eyes see our bodies feel and our brains sense, and the physical and emotional toll levied by uninspired architecture can have long-lasting effects. In order to design truly unique architecture, we must accept that what’s best for our clients and our community in the longterm isn’t just about how the final product looks, but how people respond to it, live in it, and move through it over time.