Our design approach is rooted in research, the creative testing of ideas, and a singular focus in execution. We believe that creating memorable and usable spaces is a process of discovery, iteration and constant curiosity. The context of a project in its widest sense is important to us. Our curiosity leads us to explore the broad circumstances around each project in the search for insight and inspiration. This process is enriched by connecting a project to wider references of material culture, science, technology, art and landscape.
By actively resisting preconceptions, we are able to tap into a spectrum of information that continually informs and inspires the design process. This is complemented by our communicative attitude and a disciplined project management to ensure our tailor made projects are realized within planned budgets and timelines.
At BANAKO, we design by research. It informs, influences and defines everything – the nature of a problem, context, creativity, even the inner workings of an organisation. But most importantly, it puts user experience at the forefront of our minds. Insight allows us to push boundaries, learn and set our sights on real impact, not just a formal or formulaic solution.
We let this knowledge set the pace and approach, asking and listening before taking action. This is very much our culture, our way. From influencing strategy to focusing feasibility, high value is placed on continual research and exploration of the opportunities it presents.
The performance of a building is open-ended. This ensures that our responsibility goes beyond ticking the sustainability box. Environmental performance is about more than mindful use of energy and materials, while minimizing carbon and waste. It’s about looking to natural processes and structures for insight and inspiration, looking for opportunities to creatively reuse, and citing new ways to create virtuous cycles of sustainability.
We seek to minimize the negative environmental impact of buildings by integrating sustainable design that improves our health and well-being and reduce carbon footprint.
Design Visualization enable us to provide clarity to our clients. It enables our process to be iterative and responsive, adapting to opportunity continually, helping us to fully form ideas and explore possibilities with a keener eye.
So change doesn’t compromise our design, it enriches it. It allows creativity to become a constant in our process. Every model we produce is a digital or handcrafted prototype of our problem solving approach. Visualization is a communicative tool as much as a design one, allowing us to collaborate more meaningfully with our clients and consultants.
Collaboration is instinctive to BANAKO. Rather than be reserved for specific project stages, collaboration shapes our every action from inquiry to end result. We continue to ask questions, listen and discuss, nurturing an environment that’s open and inclusive.
Our integrated design approach starting the early stages and till project delivery enable us to provide solutions free of misunderstanding and misinterpretation. Partnership is integral to what we do and how we do it. Our clients and collaborators are like-minded and driven by the same values and vision as ourselves. This collaboration strengthens the role of design, turning it into a project-long experience, not just a singular step.
Technology enables us to do exceptional things. It sparks possibilities and facilitates realization. Serving both creativity and efficiency, our use and adoption of design technologies has allowed us to better understand, and therefore better design. More than evolving practice, it is transforming the role of an architect on a fundamental level. And we’re able to occupy these new positions.
As a tool to extract and inform strategic advice during early stages or for its prototyping possibilities during design development, technology allows us to find new ways in, fresh angles and thinking. Technology is also changing how we materialize buildings and elements from social to sustainable perspective. We revel in the opportunities that modern methods of construction offer and continually search out better, more effective ways of design and making.