Local Sourcing, Provenance, and Tactility

Local Sourcing, Provenance, and Tactility

In an era of globalised markets, mass production and remote working, the concept of home has never been more important. For many, home represents a sanctuary—a place where memories are made, identities are forged, and connections with our surroundings are nurtured. When designing it is our responsibility to translate these thoughts into tangible spaces that reflect the values and aspirations of our clients. In this pursuit, the sourcing of materials becomes paramount, transcending mere functionality to become a narrative of provenance, tactility, and authenticity.

We firmly believe that the essence of a home lies not only in its physical elements but also in the stories embedded within its materials. Our approach is rooted in the principle of embracing locally sourced materials wherever feasible. By doing so, we not only reduce the carbon footprint associated with transportation but also imbue our designs with a sense of place and belonging.

The choice to prioritise local sourcing is not merely an environmental or economic decision; it is a cultural statement—an acknowledgment of the unique heritage and character of the regions in which we work. Each material tells a story, reflecting the geology, history, and craftsmanship of its origin. By incorporating these materials into our designs, we celebrate locale and pay homage to the landscapes that inspire us.

In a world where cost and quantity often dictate design decisions, we advocate for a shift in perspective—one that prioritises quality over quantity and values the inherent richness of natural materials. Our clients are not merely consumers; they are stewards of their environments, seeking to create homes that resonate with their values and aspirations. For them, the provenance of materials is not a mere footnote but a central theme—a testament to their commitment to sustainability and authenticity.

Tactility plays a crucial role in this narrative, inviting inhabitants to engage with their surroundings on a visceral level. In our designs, we seek to create spaces that stimulate the senses, where every surface invites exploration and every texture tells a story. Whether it's the rough-hewn texture of reclaimed wood or the smooth finish of handcrafted tiles, each material is chosen with care to evoke a sense of warmth and intimacy.

In conclusion, the importance of designing and creating a home where materials are locally sourced, and where provenance, tactility, and story take precedence over cost or quantity cannot be overstated. As architects, we have a unique opportunity—and indeed, a responsibility—to shape the way people experience the world around them. By embracing these principles, we can create spaces that not only fulfil our basic need for shelter but also nourish our souls and inspire us to forge deeper connections with each other and the natural world.