A comfortable fit between the building and its context contributes positively to the sense of place. Local topography, climate and values should be made manifest and reinforced.
A dwelling should have a recognizable boundary. Leaving and entering become significant events when there is opportunity to pause between the public and private worlds.
Comfort, security and safety emerge when a visual evaluation of a building’s critical working parts is possible.
Function should not violate form. The building’s shape and openings should evolve pragmatically. User needs, special views, breeze direction, sun paths, good construction and economy should all contribute to logical form.
Good and lasting architecture has honest and well-crafted construction at its core.
When spatial surplus and loose fit are present, a building can be readily adapted to the changing needs of its users.
Healthy and sustainable environments require long lasting materials with a high-recycled content and reuse potential. A material’s aroma, acoustic quality, density and visual character should fit the conditions of use.
Buildings should be simple, logical and practical to construct and to maintain.
An emphasis on locally produced materials and traditional building techniques can help to preserve regional beliefs and aspirations.