Ash Sakula operate wherever people are looking for creative design solutions to real problems in architecture, urbanism or landscape.
We are imaginative, agile and friendly, dogged in our pursuit of beauty and in finding ways to do a lot with a little.
We work on an unusually wide range of projects in Britain and overseas, including regeneration, he arts, education, creative industries, housing and public space.
The Big Picture
We are friendly and open to new situations, people and ideas.
We are interested in the specific culture of a project and that is always our point of arrival and source of inspiration.
We involve clients and users from the start, when ideas are fluid but particular enough to stimulate debate. We enjoy the challenge of testing the brief to its limits and a trampoline of strong opinion to work with.
We are curious and energetic in pursuing design options but opinionated and decisive when the time comes to move forward.
The Inside Picture
Lots of our energy goes into finding a sensory calm, equilibrium in scale, and the right visual ‘loudness’ for the elements of our architecture.
Equally as important are the tactile qualities of the materials we suggest , the way sounds live and die in a space, the way a room smells when you walk in to it.
We make sure that things that slide slide, things that shine don’t buzz, and that water stays in the right places.
We pursue constructional innovation at the same time as often rediscovering the cleverness and relevance of traditional solutions.
Sometimes we are phantom architects whose interventions are nearly invisible.
The Longer Picture
Feedback loops and continuing relationships are vital in architectural development. Each project learns from the one before.
The best way to achieve sustainability is not simply to choose ‘green’ materials but to recognise that building is by its nature a counter ecology.
We need to make buildings that are clever enough, flexible enough and simple enough to outlive transient uses.
This approach makes best use of the embodied energy of a building: the current view of life expectancy in architecture is too short.