At PR&P we
are not interested in creating a specific style, rather we focus on
basic principles of great design. Underlying these principles is the
desire to create a project that fulfills the client's practical needs
and aspires to their dreams. First and foremost buildings need to
respond to their surrounding environment whether this is an urban
neighborhood or the open countryside. We feel that the buildings should
be properly oriented to the sun, predominate breezes, topography,
geography and views. In addition the building needs to relate properly
to its neighborhood, adjacent buildings and land uses. This
relationship includes enhancing connectivity to desirable amenities and
screening from less desirable elements.
We feel that it is important to create desirable spaces for people to
gather, functional spaces to house specific programatical requirements
and finally clear paths of travel to link all these spaces together in
order to make the building user friendly. Creating great spaces is
really about creating great "places". A sense of place can be created
in a building like the Suisun Library by utilizing materials, proper
room proportions and generous amounts of glazing in order to create a
comfortable atmosphere in which to read or participate in a community
meeting. Places can be created outdoors between buildings, as in the
plaza adjacent to the Mission College Student Center, which facilitate
opportunities for people to meet and interact on their way to classes.
Utilize light, both natural and artificial, in order to have a positive
effect on the people who live or work in a building. At PR&P we
believe that orienting the building in order to take advantage of
natural day lighting is a key element in creating a pleasant
environment within a building.
Finally one of the most elusive guiding principles is the creation of
delight. A building needs to have a special quality that entices the
user to "love" a building and visit it again and again. A cozy window
seat becomes a perfect place for a child to read a book such as in the
Columbia College Child Development Center. The light filled dining room
at Mission College Student Center becomes the heart of the campus.
Although the principle of delight can produce a functionally valuable
amenity, it is the indescribable quality of mystery and sense of wonder
or fun that makes a building delightful.
At PR&P we
utilize these principles in order to create architecture that is
functional, aesthetically pleasing, and comfortable to be in.