Quality, sustainability and community are what defines Austin Maynard Architects’ architectural vision for Slate House. Mark Austin, co- director at Austin Maynard Architects, draws on the company’s ethos and how this is mirrored in the Brighton-based development.
How would you describe your approach to residential architecture?
As an architecture practice, we like to engage with the clients to understand their wants and needs. We enjoy being imaginative and interesting but never at the expense of practicality and pragmatism. At Austin Maynard Architects, we embrace deliberative design and look to issues of liveability, culture, heritage and community connection. We pride ourselves in sustainable design and experimentation with ideas that are concept rich and playful, with the added value of being environmentally conscious.
What do you enjoy most about working with Lucent?
We greatly value Lucent’s honesty, integrity and focus on quality. The emphasis is on delivering apartments that reflect genuine liveability and their consideration for the occupants.
Your practice is known for pushing the design boundaries to inspire full and joyful lives. What should residents of Slate House expect?
Residents can expect beautifully crafted spaces that have a warm palette of natural materials. Our practice is about happiness, fun, friends, family, ethics, sustainability and reward for effort.
Design-led, intelligent solutions are trademarks of your work. How is this reflected in the designs for Slate House?
We have combined timeless techniques and new technologies to create sophisticated, yet functional ‘forever’ homes. We pride ourselves in sustainable design and experimentation, so with Slate House we have ensured a lifestyle with sustainability not as a consideration, but as a part of day-to-day life.
Have you seen a shift in what residents are looking for in apartment design?
We have seen a recent emphasis on quality, sustainability and community, all of which have influenced the design of Slate House. Lucent share the same values and together we are committed to providing residents with an exceptional standard of apartment living.
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