Storytelling, Basel , 2010

In a professional context, the development of an architectural idea has become more and more a weighing of different and sometimes contradictory constraints. The optimum solution is sought between standards, laws, and efficiency requirements. This rationally comprehensible optimisation process leads to an increasing standardisation of the built reality. This development of uniformity is opposed by a very human need: the desire for individualisation because behind every standardisation is the threat of exchangeability, of one’s own disappearance. In architecture, too, art begins for us where we depart from rules and well-known systems of ordering. As architects, we have the responsibility not only to take an engineering science perspective but also to search for immaterial needs that are difficult to express in figures. We are looking for answers that give identity to places and buildings, houses should once again tell stories.