Design Approach

KCAP represents an integrated working methodology based on a multidisciplinary and simultaneous engagement in themes, program, typology and context. This allows for a variety of approaches, creates intensity and cross-fertilizations in the design process and forms the base for scenario development and testing. Ultimately it enables us to understand and optimize the possibilities imbedded in the projects and supports their successful realization. As an objective, KCAP aims to develop clear and vivid solutions and ethical responses to social, economic and pragmatic aspects.

Being part of a tradition that fosters identity, we understand the need for creating symbols in the production of cities. We envision design to respond to pragmatic demands such as program, population growth, traffic congestion and to reinforce the culture to which they belong. KCAP adds and expresses new features in the city and actively creates new and attractive built environments.

Design is the foundation for a low carbon future, and is the most effective solution to climate change – even more so than renewable energy. Design allows us to do more with less.

In an age when concern for the global environment is one of the most debated topics, KCAP takes its obligation and addresses the growing concerns regarding sustainability seriously. As part of a wider design team, KCAP has undertaken extensive research into a responsible approach to energy consumption, technologies that harness passive energy sources, and systems that reduce energy consumption and regulate harmful emissions. The results of this research are applied to every scheme regardless of size or budget. 

Our approach to sustainability implies a shift from a traditional technological solution towards a more comprehensive holistic approach, a whole system approach – not a sum of single silver bullet solutions. 

Central to KCAP’s philosophy is a commitment to creating public spaces that enliven and rejuvenate inner-city areas. This commitment informs all KCAP buildings, both public and private. With more than 20 years of experience in building various kinds of programs and with a structured planning process KCAP realizes designs of a high technical quality and specific attention to detail and material.

Cities are the breeding grounds of economic growth and innovation. Intensive interaction, in its turn, leads to innovative activities. Thinking in open, strategic and stimulating frameworks and with an emphasis on vibrant public realm is central to all of our master planning projects.

As urban planners we ought to design sustainable, smart ‘breeding grounds’ where existing and novel structures and programmes, some still unknown to us, might flourish and interweave. Urban design as the coordinator of the collective should obtain a degree of neutrality, for architecture should blossom in 1000 flowers. In other words: Urban design is about creating conditions for freedom.