O L A N D S O S A A R C H I T E C T U R E
strives to create
architecture that meets the functional needs of the user at the
highest level possible while creating a "sense of place" to act
as an appropriate backdrop for the activities and events which
will occur within the project.
We feel the character and formal architectural expression of the
building should relate to and enhance not only the activities
of the purpose for which it was created, but also the fabric of
the community in which it will exist, both that of the immediate
users and that of the larger context of the surrounding area.
This idea requires an understanding of the physical fabric of
the relevant historical built environment, the character of the
local or regional context in question, and the contemporary daily
activities of the inhabitants of the area for livelihood and social
Our philosophy is one of coherent design that looks for patterns
and overall organizations in systems, details, and expressions
of architectural features. Ideally, any single aspect or detail
of the project should make sense in terms of the organizations
that define the whole. This thinking lends itself to the creation
of dimensional modules and proportional relationships consistent
throughout the building. These concepts inherently make the project
come together in a logical way and simplify construction and basic
issues like furniture layout, circulation diagrams, standard structural
spans and efficient use of dimensions of standard building materials.
The nature of our approach is one that promotes a connection between
the architectural experience of the building and the activities
which will occur there, each developing, defining, and enhancing
the character of the other.