HOW WE THINK

Increase investment value
Enrich human life
Enhance neighbourhoods
Augment cultural context
Nurture and sustaining our living environment
Augment cultural context
Architecture is a cultural act. Good designs emanate from within their cultural context, and serve to expand cultural identity. We understand that cultural creation is both a solitary and communal undertaking, and we love working collaboratively in creative teams, probing to understand the underpinnings of a given culture.
Enrich human life
We do what we do for the people we serve. We are mindful of the dreams and desires of our clients, and of the lives lived within and around our buildings. We are specifically interested in how the decisions we make affect people, how they feel and, how they react.
Increase investment value
Central to our proposition of increasing investment value is an understanding that buildings do not attain value as objects in isolation. Their material and utilitarian value is expanded by their role as an affirmation of human aspiration and as a stage for human interaction; buildings are embedded in the specific contexts of a region, a city, a culture; and they need to exist respectfully within the living ecosystems of the planet that sustains us.
Nurture and sustain our living environment
Buildings make up the cities that sustain human life. Yet buildings today contribute excessively to global warming, resource scarcity and other critical threats to our planet’s natural, self-regulating, life-sustaining system. We consistently aim to reduce the ecological footprint of our buildings.
Enhance neighbourhoods
People live in, and shape, communities; buildings exist in, and shape, neighbourhoods. We use our understanding and experience in the field of urban design and our determination to make better urban environments to ensure that our buildings are good neighbours.

OUR APPROACH

How will we achieve value for the client? How will we achieve a quality building? How do we make a great place? How will our clients feel in the space we create? How will occupants feel in the buildings? Does the building fulfill our client’s needs in every sense? How do we put ourselves in the shoes of the user? How will the user feel about the light, texture and acoustics of a space? Have we created the best setting possible for the users to work, live, learn or play in? Are we enhancing the neighbourhood in years to come? Have we considered the wider community affected by our intervention? Do we understand the investment in the neighbourhood? Do we have the neighbourhood’s well-being at heart? Will our building add value to the community? Will our building improve the neighbourhood? Will improving the neighbourhood add value to the building? Will the building still be relevant in the future? Are we creating simple cost-effective solutions that are easy to build in this context? Have we designed in such a reduced form that the results endure content and time? Are we adding value to the client’s investment? Are we adding quality to the environment? Have we understood the possibilities inherent in the brief? Have we used the best technology available to us? Will future generations judge that we used resources appropriately? Do we have to import, or can we make it here? Are we conserving as much energy as we can? Can we put anything back, reuse or recycle? Have we designed to suit the microclimate in this context? Do we understand the resources in this context and on this site? Do we understand and are we respectful to the environment we are building in? Do we push beyond the status quo in reducing our building's energy demands and resources? Are we anchoring the financial sustainability in true environmental sustainability? Are we respectful to the cultural context in which we work? Can we contribute to the cultural expression with innovative approaches? Are our solutions rooted in cultural understanding and respect? Will the cultural value we aspire to, earn our design enduring appreciation? Will users find meaning in our work?
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STUDIO ENVIRONMENT

Collaboration is about dissemination of ideas and the synergy of solving problems creatively. Our open plan studio encourages a culture of personal development where youth and experience combine to create interesting and resolved architecture.

Since its inception, Co-Arc has operated from an open studio environment, fostering flattened hierarchies and creative interaction. We work collaboratively, to benefit as much from the creative vision of youth as from the expertise and experience of more senior team members, while safeguarding the integrity of the project through balanced team structuring and well-defined methodologies and quality control.

We create opportunities for growth and foster the development of talent and specialised skills through active mentorship and sponsorship of formal education and training.

COLLABORATION

We have a rich history of collaboration with architects and other built environment professionals, on joint projects. We seek mutually beneficial relationships built on a shared collaborative spirit, high levels of professionalism and mutual trust. The number of quality projects completed in association with other practices testifies to our success in making collaboration work, as does our reputation of being good partners, made manifest in ongoing working relationships and friendships with our peers.

SOUTH AFRICA BOTSWANA GHANA NIGERIA SENEGAL > Aziz Tayob Architects > Schnepel Architects > Consultium > Stauch Voster Associates > Martin Kruger Architects > Piet De Beer Architects > Bannie Britz > GAPP Architects > Bentel Associates International > Sack Crowhurst > Arup > Coplan > MWLF Architects > Botha & Associates > Motsepe Architects > Revel Fox ARGENTINA > Miguel Angel Roco Arquitecto > Afrique De L'ouest Architectures > Orthner Orthner & Associates > Arup LONDON > Dexter Moren Associates > FMA GERMANY > Architekten Von Gerkan, Marg und Partner DUBAI > Lindsay Boutros Ghali HONG KONG > Roco Design Architects > PSI > Paledi Co-Arc ZIMBABWE > MA Design Studio MAURITIUS > Kushiram & Associates CURRENT COLLABORATIONS PAST COLLABORATIONS MOZAMBIQUE > Consultech USA > Perkins + Will
COLLABORATION

We have a rich history of collaboration with architects and other built environment professionals, on joint projects. We seek mutually beneficial relationships built on a shared collaborative spirit, high levels of professionalism and mutual trust. The number of quality projects completed in association with other practices testifies to our success in making collaboration work, as does our reputation of being good partners, made manifest in ongoing working relationships and friends with our peers.

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