Research and feasibility studies
Seeding Office’s design always emerges out of an extensive analysis of the transformative power and complexity of reality. All our feasibility studies go through three main stages:
Divergence : The problem is studied as broadly as possible using the client brief as a jumping off point. All the boundaries, project constrains, environmental and cultural definitions are extended as much as possible to help the creative process.
Transformation : The research identify all the possible aspects of the problem turning its complexity into a rationalized strategy that established fixed parameters, variables and constrains. Objectives, goals and sub-goals become the drivers of the proposal.
Convergence : Different design options are constantly tested and developed until early stages to understand which one responds better than others to the initial brief until the point a single solution, that meets all the design criteria , is identified and developed further in detail.
People who appreciate the qualities of urban life recognize that the activities that take place within the streets, parks and public spaces of a development determine its vitality.
For this reason Seeding Office’s projects are always focused on applying a holistic approach to the study of the urban development, exploring resiliency, demographics, social behaviours and cultural heritage as inspiring elements to define a hierarchy of different spaces and places, which generally perform different functions but overall work together in an integrated and complementary net zero energy pathway.
Building energy end uses and conservation measures are always calculated and paired with the supply of resources naturally available at the project site.
This method of energy accounting minimizes the resulting balance of energy demand by using off-site renewable energy sources towards a net zero energy use target.
The use of computer-aided design to explore new shapes and forms and algorithms and rule-based techniques to deal with the vast amounts of constantly varying parameters and information, still remains partially external to the core of our personal design process that relies on traditional means like sketching and imaging the sensations that a certain space can or should arouse.
Seeding Office’s novel forms embrace a strong sense of contextualization that delivers always a different formal language of shapes and spaces in each project.
They are driven in different ways by the desire to create an “indeterminate” design; one that will be completed by time and engagement of the people with the space, that will enhance encounters, provoke real affection to the place and create special memories.