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Cheshire Architects is an Auckland, New Zealand-based architectural design firm founded in 2004 by founders Pip Cheshire and Nat Cheshire. Based in Auckland, they work closely with clients from all over the world. Regardless of the size of the project, regional and cultural differences, it has always been the firm's mission to work with clients to create and complete influential projects.
Yinji：What is the design concept of Cheshire Architects? How to get design inspiration?
Cheshire Architects：Our design concept is for the users, always trying to break through the possibility that architecture as an art can bear. The firm is our foundation, and the feeling that we place in architecture needs to be realized with extraordinary works one by one.Rather than being inspired, we may not have a lot of inspiration, but rather rely on our sensitivity to design the theories and solutions of a project over and over again, and to overturn them again and again until certain rules are broken, can Smell the potential for some innovation, we seem to be able to finalize the case.
Our city, Auckland, is small, and we know a lot of elites from various industries. Through them, we can control many drawings and craftsmanship that cannot be controlled on the construction site, and seek a complete building in our minds.
Yinji: Why did Pip Cheshire and Mr Nat Cheshire choose to set up Cheshire Architects?
Cheshire Architects：I and Nat are father and son. We ran two of New Zealand’s largest and smallest architectural firms at the same time. We know that good buildings can not be built by one person, while large companies are often overwhelmed by operations and lose focus of design. So the two decided to work together to build a different firm.
Yinji: How Big Is Cheshire Architects Now? How many projects are completed per year on average? How long will the design cycle of the project be?
Cheshire Architects：The firm is now made up of about 30 designers, two bosses, nine management designers, and other designers from different cultures, half men and half women. The company stays this size because we can maintain a family-like atmosphere.
The company will continue to complete 20 to 30 projects a year, because our projects vary greatly, the smaller ones may be completed in a few months, and the larger ones take seven or eight years.
Yinji: When you do off-site projects, what is the workflow? How to ensure the smooth progress of foreign projects and ensure the design effect?
Cheshire Architects：For our off-site projects, it is best to have some direct contact with the project decision-makers, so that the design of the project can establish a certain emotional connection with the terminal customers.
Whether a project in a foreign country will fully realize our expectations depends on our control of materials and construction parts. We generally hope that the contractor will participate in the design early and provide a large number of samples for review in the process, so that we can have a certain control over the quality of the contractor's work and the contractor will also have expectations for our requirements, which will have a certain tacit understanding in the real construction.
Yinji: Have you ever contacted Chinese owners before? What do you think of the current design status in China?
Cheshire Architects：Yes, we have come into contact with two Chinese commercial construction projects. As far as the design situation is concerned, there are many outstanding and classic buildings in contemporary China. But it’s understandable that the architecture industry is a bit patchy, because it seems to me that it’s only in the last decade or so that the profession has really come into the public domain.
In China, due to the convenience of the media in recent years, a large amount of architectural information has been rapidly absorbed by the public, and the public’s awareness and aesthetics of architecture have grown at an amazing speed. Architects in this area are full of opportunities, and the market faced by Chinese architects in the near future will be more mature.
China is very large, like a very long train. We see that most of the classic items come from the front of the train. In addition to the middle section, there are other villages, ancient towns, ethnic minorities, mountains and fields, etc. , the architectural potential and uniqueness that they inspire can be said to be untapped, which I think is very special and exciting in a big time.
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