Economy in architecture
We recognize the responsibility of architects in both structural and financial planning. Just as it is necessary to plan the dimensions of a building, it is also necessary to work out various financing alternatives, with the aim of arriving at an alternative that is optimally cost-effective and ideally matches the interests and capacities of owners and users.
For us, it is far better to ask the right questions instead of avoiding them. Questions like: How should we approach the execution of these details? What distinguishes this variant? What would it cost? The answers to each question can shed light on various aspects of the task. And finally, it is worthwhile to cultivate a culture of discourse in the interest of arriving at common solutions.
Often, it is not the building itself that is too expensive but rather the given solution.
Management Control System
Over the years we have developed a management control system that monitors the budget of a project. The systems works with construction index figures relating to work sections.
Affordable building costs guarantee affordable financing costs. If the building costs could be limited to the necessary expenses and remain low, these savings can be passed on to the residents. For instance: the approach to building an apartment house is based on the identification of a group of homeowners whose members can join forces to reduce the costs of construction.
In order to achieve new ideas we also had to develop new financial models that fit the projects, which otherwise wouldn’t been possible. One example is ‘pro scholare’ – a non-profit organization that provides rental payment guarantees to protect both owners and tenants.