At SKA, we are excited by new and evolving means of construction and the growing role of prefabrication in the built environment. Such advancements help us keep up with the fast pace and growing demands of modern life.
At the same time we recognise that, over the past century, there has been a lost sense of craft in the industry, and with it a lost sense of connection to our physical environment. We understand why people have a more meaningful connection to an aged garden wall than to a concrete clad tower block.
We look to bridge that gap, by exploring and expressing the craft inherent in modern construction processes, to meet the needs of industry while instilling a human touch. Ultimately, we want to to make buildings that people really care about.
Sustainability isn't something we try and do, it's at the heart of everything we do. We don't accept the choice between architecture that is beautiful and architecture that is good. Whatever the brief, we will seek to employ the most relevant sustainable solutions in a way that adds to the architectural quality of a building.
For many, the Passivhaus standard offers a obvious way to achieve this goal, providing a high level of occupant comfort while achieving a reduction of around 75% in space heating requirements. Such buildings are designed with a meticulous attention to detail and built to rigorous standards.
Stephen is a Certified Passivhaus Designer, having worked on a number of Passivhaus projects in recent years. You can read more about Passivhaus in our introductory page.
Architecture is both a branch of art and and a branch of science. It must be visually pleasing, but it must also be more than this. As with all fields of design, it is a creative process of solving problems, of fulfilling needs. Ultimately, it is these functional needs that drive the creation of buildings, big and small.
We believe that the best architecture improves the experience of the activities contained within. How can a school make learning a joyful experience? How can a hospital actively contribute to the wellbeing of patients? How can a house be made to feel like a home?
And in the end, what might this building be in 1, 10 and 100 years time?
At SKA, we are keenly aware that, for a building to be considered a genuine success, it must be more than just visually pleasing. It must provide value for money.
We also understand that the word "value" means different things to different people. For some, it can be measured in their improved quality of life. For others, it is a new identity on which to build a business. And for many, it is a quantifiable return on investment.
Through years of cross-sector experience, we understand the need to establish the economic principles of each individual project at the earliest possible stage, using them as a catalyst for design.
Whatever the project, we consider it our responsibility to ensure that our clients get more out of the process than they put in.