What Services Does an Architect Provide?
Interior Design and Strategy
We design schools, gyms, public buildings.
We care about the fact that these not only serve, but are designed to become indispensable and valuable for those who live there. We design quickly and intuitively. We are attentive to what happens outside our scenario and we know how to listen. And at the end of this path, marked by poetry, technological research, the choice of natural materials and too many coffees, we are satisfied that we have opened a breach of amazement and beauty.
Preliminary, definitive and executive design, Coordination between professionals
Specifications, verification of technical compliance, cost control, testing
CILA, SCIA, Building permits, Landscape permits, Attic recoveries
CADASTRE AND AMNESTIES
Cadastral surveys, variations, verification of amnesty practices
Architecture is sustainable when it meets all the needs of the client and the current and future user, saving precious natural resources for our planet. We tackle each project with the aim of minimizing its economic and environmental impact, favoring the wellbeing of the occupants. Natural materials, efficient plants and renewable energy are our strategies.
We are a LEED® oriented team!
When you have finally decided to build your home the next step is to think about the design and functionality. Majority of your time and memories will be made inside the four walls of your home. Having these thoughts in your mind it is important that your home reflects the lifestyle of yours. Building a house of your dreams or purchasing a place that is worth living is a huge step. This process can be overwhelming and filled with many strangers to deal with so this is the point where you decide to hire someone. Choosing the right person to deal with your project is a decision that should not be taken lightly. It is very important to hire northern beaches architects with good experience because when you’re going to convey your thoughts to the architect , they will connect all of the details together into a cohesive package.
Great understanding of yours needs
One thing an experienced architect need to do is to have a good understanding of the wishes of their customers. Without understanding the demands it will be hard to build something that will inspire you. An experienced architect will first get to know your personality and your lifestyle. They will listen to the customer and will make an interpretation of their vision into an architectural expression.
Budgeting and material selections
The level of quality and finish of materials can generally influence the final cost of construction. At this point an experienced architect can help you reduce the cost which will fit in your budget because they have great knowledge about the quality and quantity needed for the construction.
The benefit of hiring an architect lies in their negotiation abilities. The architect handles the negotiation with the contractor.
Avoiding design error
Errors are incorporated due to the lack of experience. Preparing exceptionally detailed and accurate designs particularly reduces errors. An Architect will make sure that the finished project is designed with least errors as they have better understanding of these processes than anyone else involved.
Another great benefit of hiring an experienced architect is their advice. Since they are well aware about different areas of the building process, they are usually the best advisor. They will take care of your interest throughout the project.
They will make your life easier
Building is a long and complex procedure. Hiring an experienced architect can help you keeping the peace of mind as they take all the work load on them and make sure that their team members, including them are working efficiently. They help you getting through complex procedure. It will be their responsibility to facilitate you in planning, designing, implementation and communication so that a good end product is achieved.
How to choose an architect
In the construction of a house, the architect’s choice is of fundamental importance, and it is necessary to dedicate time and effort to this task in order to avoid finding himself not to share the choices or the style that is proper to the architect chosen.
First of all it is good to make sure that the chosen professional is enrolled in the Ticino and Swiss registers of engineers and architects ( OTIA and SIA ), see what he has done (maybe on his website) and then meet him, to understand if there is agreement and if they have compatible ideas regarding style and functionality.
The SIA is the Swiss Society of Engineers and Architects, and is the professional association of reference for qualified specialists in the field of construction, with over sixteen thousand members active in the field of engineering and architecture.
It is a good source of information regarding the work of architects, and offers several opportunities to see the works they have done. The SIA Days are held every two years in May; in this event the doors of many houses created by the architects who choose to participate are opened. During these days it is possible to visit the houses and to see the explanations of those who designed them.
There is also a catalog, which can be obtained by requesting the SIA secretariat, where the work of various architects is shown.
The costs of the architect
Regarding architects’ fees, there are two different methods of calculation:
calculation based on the actual hours used by the architect (method usually used for small projects or projects where the end of the works is not clear);
calculation of the percentage based on the total cost of the work (useful for estimating what will be the architect’s final fee).
In this case, too, the SIA helps us by providing the architects’ rate card and the explanation of the calculation methods at the cost of CHF 180.-.
But how much does an architect cost per hour? According to information from the KBOB (the Conference for the Coordination of Construction and Building Organizations of Public Procurers), the indicative cost is between CHF 140 and CHF 180 per hour.
It is also possible to get an idea of the architect’s cost for the construction of a single-family home for a family of four. In these cases, the total cost of the architect’s work (which includes the three phases we have seen above) is usually between 10% and 15% of the total construction costs.
This means that, for example, for a house whose total cost of construction is CHF 1Mio., The architect’s total fee will be between CHF 100,000 and CHF 150,000. On the other hand, as regards the general project, it represents 9% of the architect’s total work; in our example, the value of this specific task is between CHF 9,000 and CHF 13,500.-. Of course there are many variables depending on the architect, the project and the value of the built.
The design of the house is certainly the most complex theme of architecture: the one with which the greatest architects confronted and clashed, sometimes producing authentic masterpieces, other clamorous falls. However, the definition of a house is not a process that the architect does alone: similarly to a dance is an operation that the designer, on the other hand, goes hand in hand with the client, with whom we need to establish a dialogue that is as open as possible. fertile. In this sense it can be said that a great architect must above all be able to listen, while the best client must have the ability to transmit their needs and desires in an effective and articulated way.
Of course, the reverse option is also true: a great architect must have the ability to express, with his own architecture, and an excellent client, that of receiving and accepting the best solutions offered to him. Therefore, designing a home is an operation that, in part, each inhabitant’s future already performs in the first person, taking charge of deepening the specific steps that any planning operation carried out according to the rules of art should involve. From this point of view, commissioning a house is also an act of research, aimed at identifying all the specifics that will interact in the development of the project and to analyze the weights and influences that they will have in carrying out the work.
A client is therefore a designer in a translated sense, and as a designer he must carefully consider the main design parameters: exogenous and endogenous. The first will be mainly related to the boundary conditions that will be the background to the construction of the new house, while the others will mainly have to do with the specific architectural features of the house itself. So let’s find out, point by point, which are the aspects to consider when we set off on the great project adventure that is the project of our home .
Houses in the style of RRJ Arquitectos
The first step to consider in a house project is the ownership of land. Building land is increasingly scarce, especially in Western countries (and even more so in Italy), so their identification must be carefully considered as an important form of investment. In particular, it is necessary to consider the characteristics of the chosen land not only in the immediate future of the real estate transaction, but also in the future, carefully assessing the possible urban developments that may affect the chosen area in the future.
In the image: a house designed by the Lisbon studio RRJ Arquitectos .
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