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Steel Frame

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The practice is constantly occuped with the development of all kinds of projects through their material fabrication with an absolute commitment to skill. This has included developing knowledge of existing materials and techniques, and the development of new ways of enclosure, incorporating research derived from external experience. Responding effectively to contemporary conditions in which projects are made, the practice takes much time in making thorough investigations, developing expertise in making appropriate, creative and useful solutions. The practice has a continuing interest in fabrication techniques, both based on traditional and new methods

There are two pervading preoccupations of the practice in recent years: authenticity and tolerance. Authenticity relates to construction as much as materials - a detail does not have to be reductive in order to be authentic. Authenticity also relates to the circumstances the contexts of projects, and embodied in it a paradox - that in taking past references whether recent or historic - authenticity can in architectural terms be many layered, rather than a technical expression.

Steel, particularly in framed construction has often been used by the practice to make additions and new buildings wth swiftly assembled mainly dry construction, where non standard forms are evolved. These have resulted from tight existing conditions, or when contexts have generated experimentation with dynamic forms leading to richer spaces. We have enjoyed the slimness and elegance of steel forms in which spaces can be made without visibly expressing structure, and others where the structure is manifested as part of the architecture