Whether imagining the vision for a city, integrating a district, conceiving a civic square, compiling an urban framework, defining a precinct, creating a masterplan, framing guidelines or writing controls, Co-Arc contributes to the social, cultural, and economic infrastructure of a given locality.
Co-Arc Interiors recognises that our designs have an impact on the daily lives of individuals, and that people are deeply affected by the ambience of their environment. Therefore, we seek to create spaces that inherently contribute to the well-being of the occupants.
We understand that catalytic urban interventions are often driven by a private development consortium as a commercial venture, but evolve in ongoing liaison with the local authorities. Co-Arc’s collaborative approach seeks to establish a synergistic relationship between players, ensuring that both public realm and private development benefit.
For centuries, retail environments have been the fora where people meet and interact, the living market spaces that underpin a vibrant society’s economic and social interaction. Co-Arc International understands the physical attributes that encourage the active participation of citizens in the retail environment and are central to the design for a retail project.
Corporate and Offices
Understanding that the working environment is key to performance, Co-Arc has consistently built on a platform of significant expertise and experience in the design and layout of office space, including state-of-the art modern office environments. More than 20 years ago, partners of the firm were recognised as leaders in contemporary approaches to office space design, exploring best practice and introducing concepts that are today confirmed as industry best practice requirements for modern office environments.
For as long as people express the need for face-to-face contact and congregation, educational institutions will remain vital to the cultural requirements of a city. The university is one of the city’s primary institutions, presenting a cogent reason for bringing people together. Congregating for the purpose of education, the diverse citizenry gathers in a place that should be both volatile and static, allowing and promoting change, yet representing stability and permanence.
A hotel is not simply an establishment that provides lodging, meals and occasional entertainment; it is a significant capital investment for the comfort, well-being and delight of customers. Be it trendy, offbeat, elegant, a celebration of local culture, a statement of modern simplicity, a retreat or a landmark, a hotel is characterised by an intimate atmosphere and an idiosyncratic style or distinctive character.
The house often is the safe point from which humankind views the outside world. Designing a house, and even more so, housing, is one of the most profound tasks an architect can engage in. Co-Arc realises that the relationship between people and their homes is critical to their well-being. It is therefore essential to consider the complex relationship between a house and the environment beyond it, enabling the house to facilitate the life of its inhabitants and to reflect their engagement with the world.
In its 50-year history of designing civic buildings, Co-Arc has always sought to distil an essence of place, unique to the nature of a specific institution, in a particular context. The institutions of man reflect the civilization. How we make and treat our civic buildings is critical to the formation of our identity as citizens.
Whether it is a factory, a vehicle showroom, a clinic, golf club or an abattoir, Co-Arc’s approach remains the same. Each project is driven by its particular brief, in its particular context, for a particular client, on a particular site. Driven by the specifics of each, experience and expertise are brought to bear in establishing the parameters for design and additional expertise required.