Architecture is also about the exterior environment and its emotional experience needs to begin well before we enter. The moment we approach a building there needs to be a powerful message conveyed. A sense of scale, proportion and balance all need to be in sync with its environment and surroundings. So many buildings are designed without the landscape in mind. It's like the building was designed in thin air and simply placed without any regard to the very ground beneath it or surrounding structures. Our work embraces the land and its surroundings and these form a critical part of the entire design. We believe the land should be sculpted and completely integrated to form the basis for the overall design. Like roots to a tree, careful incorporation of hard landscape such as exterior walls, planters, walkways, and water features should meld together with the architecture and interiors to create an expansive and serene environment.
This experience can be achieved through a unique, holistic design process that symbiotically fuses the three key design arts of landscape architecture, Interior design, and architecture as one innate process – one that we feel is mandatory for success and is what gives our work a sophistication and sensibility that words cannot describe.
A building should create intimacy, frame a view, and make us feel small in scale or cozy or protected. It is successful when it can frame nature and bring the exterior landscape closer, when glass becomes invisible - to blur or erase the lines between the exterior and interior. It should expand the internal space and at the same time capture the natural world around us. Architecture should be alive - it should allow the sun to move within it, harness its energy, and also control it to meet our needs. A home should provide peace, serenity, and protection.
Service is what earns respect and provides results. With over a decade of successful design service and repeat clientele, our reputation for performance and excellence in design is unequaled. Our firm offers complete design services from architecture to interiors and hard landscape integration, including residential, commercial, and hospitality. Our firm has completed projects in many countries and locations around the world, if you have any questions about our services please contact us for details, we would be happy to discuss your project with you. Garret Cord Werner LLC is a registered architectural firm in Washington State. All services may not be available in all areas… In Vancouver, B.C. and some other out of state areas where we are not registered architects, only "home design" & permit drawings are provided per regulatory requirements and definitions. Currently, we render the following services:
"What we do as architects & designers is not an automated process. There is no magic formula that works on any given project. Our work is very much a visual sport, one that involves on one hand; a very calculated and detailed knowledge of construction, building codes, and ordinances; and on the other hand, is a very intuitive, theoretical, intrinsic, and artistic matrix of skills that come together simultaneously."