You can often date a building by its style, a style is something we inherit, an historical legacy, which will pass from past generations on to future generations. In historical terms, a legacy is something that is handed down from one period of time to another.
Architects who share your attention to detailBehind every one of our projects there are numerous interesting stories about the people, what they do with their building and the good causes they are linked with. In this news section we bring you the stories behind these buildings…
I’ve always liked names that ‘say what you do’, when choosing the name for my own company, ‘Soul Architects’ I gave it a lot of thought! I wanted something that said what I was offering and that’s where the word ‘architects’ came from, but I also wanted something that said a little more about me and the service I would be offering and that’s where the word ‘soul’ comes in. I think of ‘soul’ as being a moral sense of identity, an honesty, and that’s something I offer all of my clients.
With Valentine’s Day fast approaching I was thinking about how I would be able to link architecture and romance together for the month of February. To be honest I thought I might struggle to find something with the ‘traditional’ symbol of love – the heart, but then I remembered that somewhere I had read about a building that Frank Lloyd Wright had designed on a heart shaped island in the middle of Lake Mahopac, 50 miles from Manhattan.
I often feel that I live in a world where nothing is quite what it seems – working with historic buildings you learn to expect the unexpected, you seem to uncover things that you couldn’t predict and that’s what I love about my job – quirky things. If you have a probing mind as I do, you would love the Curious Corner of Chamarel, which I found quite by chance, whilst on holiday – their motto is that the future belongs to the curious – the ones who are not afraid to try it, explore it, discover it, question it and turn it upside down. I love that with all projects that I undertake I get the chance to try, explore, discover, question and if all else fails turn it upside down and start again.
I have always said that conservation isn’t just about buildings – memories are precious too. As we get older our memories grow less intense, what we remembered in great detail in the beginning, becomes more hazy as time goes by. That’s probably one of the reasons that I love to take so many photos, to serve as a reminder, so that I don’t forget the detail.
Our office dog Harley has suffered for many years with a serious eye condition. Not wanting to have his eye removed we have worked with Heidi, his Specialist, in Birmingham, to conserve his eyesight for as long as possible.