a duty to mankind
The architect’s job is to implement a programme on a given site. This programme doesn’t only concern the client, but also the future occupants of the building, the neighbours, etc.
Likewise, the site is not limited to the given construction surface area; it is integrated in a larger framework: a neighbourhood, a city, an environment inhabited by different functions and individuals.
What about when this site is a building to be converted or renovated for a different use? This is a very common issue these days, which needs to be taken into account in the very first drafts of a project, so that future architects can avoid demolition or reconstruction if not strictly necessary. All too often, our societies have forgotten why and for whom we are building.
Assar has chosen to prioritise the people and their needs. Assar’s signature is to be found in mankind, rather than in any architectural style or touch.