Approach

About our Work

Our work seeks to challenge the prevailing understanding of architecture and urbanism through a critical assessment of project goals, context, the role of design and the means of production. We are interested in innovative architecture and in providing the best achievable quality. zectorarchitects is committed to a research-based approach, which is supported by the partners’ academic work and their participation in international architectural competitions.

We concentrate on projects of public relevance and we have a close understanding of urban change. Our work is inclusive and seeks to respond to the specific situation it is designed for. Vice versa, the situation responds to your intervention. This way we may trigger events and influence transformative processes. We believe that spatial and programmatic interventions are powerful instruments to improve places so that they become or continue to be places for people to enjoy.

Process and Tools

As a standard procedure we research the fundamentals for each project thoroughly and we carry out consultations where appropriate. In addition to analytical data that is readily available, e.g. planning guidelines, environmental data etc., we develop and utilise alternative and project-specific analytical instruments. This includes site mapping based on patterns of use, behaviours and other social indicators, cultural aspects, existing programmes, inter-relations and dependencies. In this way we obtain evidence of contextual and project-inherent qualities which we use to inform the design. Our method of (site-) analysis may have a strong observational and experimental character.

Supported by the analytical understanding of the conditions and parameters we then develop a detailed brief. Depending on the nature of the project this initial phase and the following design process may be carried out in close connection with the client and/or consultation of the public and other specialist consultants.