What makes our buildings and projects both original and notable is, we think, the absence of a statement, the lack of an ego, the way they fit into their culture, the economy and attention to detail of their design. They reflect the GBA ethos of working closely with a client to make sure that the project fits into its surroundings and tallies with the client's needs and desires: if an art gallery, the contents must be visible; if a house, the rooms must be liveable; if a school, it must be enjoyable as an environment; if a whole village, it should be where people would want to live.
GBA's success is built on its individuality. It is not a mammoth practice in which teams of draftsmen work and execute someone else's bidding. It is a small, private firm - extremely flexible - able to design and supervise construction anywhere in the world: from the prize-winning Light House in Notting Hill to the Lubetkin Prize winner for Casa KiKé in Costa Rica, from a whole village in the hills of Taiwan to ingenious solutions for a New York skyscraper, a museum in Estonia or a telephone center in Haiti.
There is an unity, or unities, among so much variety. All GBA projects are original solutions to particular problems of the surroundings, materials, and local traditions. They are all based on a thorough thinking-through of the available light, the weather, the disposition of their elements, of how to make the most out of any site, and for any purpose. We have worked alone or in partnerships, and as we look forward and expand our practice, we think increasingly of larger-scale public building projects: how they can be made to fit in their context while meeting our clients' needs, how they can be local and humane while still being original, beautiful and apt.
- 2010 Casa Kiké Runner-up, AR House Award; 2009 Casa Kiké Winner, AIA (UK) Excellence in Design Award; 2008 Casa Kiké Winner, RIBA Award Winner, Chicago Atheneum International Architecture Award Shortlisted, World Architecture Festival Winner, IstructE Structural Award Community and Residential Structure Winner, Lubetkin Prize Winner, RIBA International Award Garden Apartment Winner, RIBA Award Shortlisted, Manser Medal; 2007 Light House Finalist, Grand Designs Best New Build House Winner, AIA (UK) Excellence in Design Award Swabumi Heritage Hotel Runner-up, Cityscape AR Awards; 2006 Light House Shortlisted, Manser Medal Winner, RIBA Award
5th Floor, 83-84 Berwick Street
W1F 8TS London