"Architecture results from integrated acts of philosophy, art, engineering, craftsmanship and business--with no compromise between these disciplines. A good piece of architecture directly supports a specific concept of life/work style and acts as a physical, visual, tactile and symbolic guide for its inhabitants, to both practice of that life and their awareness of its meaning."
Matt Taylor, 1992
Architecture is the integration of form and space and those principles that control their organization. These elements are the basis of the pattern language which enables the space to harmonize with its surroundings and still cater to its inhabitant's unique needs. What is new is the idea that a work of architecture can also be a productive tool of human economy. What is new is the idea that the workplace can be an expression of living art and that this is not only possible but necessary in today's world.
The workplace is the expression of the work process, style, purpose and organization of those who build and use it. We now know that through physical comfort, exposure to variety in the environment and increased informal communication, innovative environments do have a marked positive impact. Why not use this powerful tool of the environment to advantage? Why not make the building a tool for wealth production?
MG Taylor and Athenaeum International, a wholly owned subsidiary, have made an active, aggressive search for an understanding of how environment effects people and have applied these principles to making the workplace work. In a world of exponentially growing complexity and change, our environments are designed, built and managed to remove every possible block from individual and group creativity and productivity. They are a tool of human creativity, a warehouse of ideas, a commons where all can participate in the mental life of an organization, a place where special projects can be managed, and they are a place for individual learning. They are environments where the pace and productivity of work can be accelerated to meet and exceed the changes happening in the world. In addition, they are environments where the pace can be slowed to provide prospect and refuge for the contemplation time necessary for creative activity. The environment adjusts to the work being performed instead of the users adjusting to the arbitrary constraints of a fixed layout.
In the complex design and construction necessary to meet these goals, the expertise from many disciplines has to be integrated into one functioning whole. The result has to serve the client's preset requirements, to challenge the users to evolve to their full capabilities, and to remain viable through the entire life-cycle of the building.
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