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natureNATURE Design reveals nature- nature reveals design. By bracketing nature, architecture choreographs our experiences. While buildings provide protection from nature, architecture simultaneously keeps us in tune with her.


toleranceTOLERANCE Human labor holds greater value than that of any material. This intrinsic value is readily apparent if a material is labored with precision relative to its natural tolerances. As designers, it is our duty to understand the tolerance of the materials we choose. Only then can we expect a high precision of labor.


hapticHAPTIC The thermal aesthetic is introduced by the combination of temperature and humidity/aridity.  Touching wood is considerably different than touching metal simply because of the different rate each material steals the heat from our bodies.  This sensitivity affects our overall perception of space because we begin to imagine how different materials may feel even without physically touching them.


wonderWONDER Great design moves beyond the project function and feeds the user’s least-felt needs. It opens our eyes to every-day objects and experiences we otherwise would not care to notice.


particularsPARTICULARS A building speaks with its details, revealing its soul through its connection to the earth, the air, itself and ultimately the user.  The moment a building’s detail is realized, its entire inner fabric and reason for being is rendered obvious.


motionMOTION Architecture is dynamic. While buildings are static, architecture moves. Design methods must be in tune with this inherent motion in architecture and we must visualize our ideas in motion.


lifeLIFE Architecture is dead when it is limited to its use. Once a building provides us only with accommodation it has been reduced to shelter.


anesthesiaANESTHESIA The saturation of any singular human sense only dulls the overall experience. Nothing is more void of life than that which appears to be fixed in time. The vast diversity of our surroundings is revealed when architecture’s susceptibility to aging is expressed.


voiceVOICE Studiotrope believes in great trust. A mutual trust between designers, clients, contractors and the projects’ potential.



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