How we like to design

House in Manhattan Beach: Remodel and Addition

dbaArchitects design process seeks to:

  • Eliminate clutter and express things in plain and simple ways.
  • Use asymmetry or irregularity to achieve balance.
  • Understate and refrain from elaboration.
  • Depict naturalness with the absence of pretense and artificiality.
  • Use subtle and symbolic suggestion rather than obviousness.
  • Transcend habit, formula, and conventionality.
  • Achieve a state of tranquility and energized calm.
  • Embody harmony and balance avoiding self-assertion.
  • Provide an emptiness, spatial void, or silence to provide a focal point.
  • Appreciate the beauty of what is implied, unstated, and unexpressed.

Read more about these ten Japanese design principals here. They always influence the design process, but might not be obvious in the final product. They serve as a basis against which many design decisions are tested and made. 

dbaArchitects have a history of solving the unsolvable. Clients who get stuck with problems that have no apparent solution are surprised when we find creative and unusual resolutions, whether they be with government agencies or design approaches. We strive for the amazing, surprising, clever, humorous, and original!