HGA (Hayashi – Grossschmidt Arhitektuur)


Architype Dialogue presents

Tomomi Hayashi

What was the most difficult issue about working on an adaptive reuse project or the most unexpected challenge that may have influenced new thought in your project?

The general public often have created their personal values to the building. These are not reflected in the requirements from the authorities and / or clients. We needed to critically examine what is essential quality of the building itself and decide what is to be protected and emphasized. We felt great responsibility as a decision maker.

Did this project expand or evolve your role as an architect in any way? In general, do you feel that the role of the architect is changing on current projects?

Since this particular project was our first project of the kind, the experience certainly has expanded our portfolio. At the same time we thought new projects in any kind of   urban setting involve similar approach, for example reading existing context and  coming up with own architectural answer to the situation. In case of adoptive reuse the given context is easier to read.

How is your building possible today in a way that it may not have been before and how have trends in technology and society inspired new thought and solutions?

New technology allows new way of architectural approach and construction. At the same time I feel that especially in new construction the building’s value are judged more by its scientifically measurable performance.  We shall not forget to take care of the architecture quality which cannot be replaced only by numbers.

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