A note from us to the client, who approached us to modify- a partially completed structure to better serve the needs and requirements of the family, 'To my mind the fundamental conceptual problem is rooted in the fact that the previous architect has failed to understand the brief that the project is all about a 'private residence', although the residence is staged at various levels, and not a mundane multi-storeyed building visualized by a builder. Once this concept seeps in, the entire approach to the project will change and this is exactly where the creativity and innovation of an architect comes into play. Agreed, the solutions are not simplistic and easy, but then a product that stands the test of time cannot be visualized or built in a day.'
'The hark back to Moorish architecture is extremely fascinating, as it really takes us down memory lane to the very origins of certain values and thought processes that are dear to us. This added facet makes the project even more complex and it entails the in-depth study of the very origins of Moorish architecture, a comprehension of the essentials of that architecture and the incorporation and weaving of these essentials into a tapestry that is contemporary.'
'I am intrigued by the problem and I am excited by it; however, I do not have instant solutions. I am, however, convinced that if given the opportunity, we can produce a 'house' that not only embodies all the functional requirements and the spirit of Moorish architecture, but becomes a living organism that will withstand the test of time.