It is a well known fact that architecture is an art form. An architect isn’t just someone who designs structurally sound buildings, he or she is an artist and the buildings that they design are works of art. This is why some buildings are as unique and as well known as the Mona Lisa or other famous sculptures and painters. It goes without saying then that if one is looking for an architectural office, they will want to find the very best in order to get a building that will meet all their needs while being as aesthetically pleasing as possible and a true landmark in the city or area it is located on.
But how does one choose the best artist? Take painters for example: Jackson Pollock and Vincent Van Gogh are both considered geniuses and are among the most famous painters in the world, yet their paintings are nothing alike. How can one tell which one is the best? Well, it all comes down to personal preference. The question to ask then is not “which is the best architectural office in Nicosia”. What you should be looking for is the best architectural office for YOU.
Architecture in Cyprus is booming. Many young and visionary architects are working in this rather small country and they have presented and / or completed a lot of truly stunning and very unique projects. This means that you can definitely find an architectural firm that will match your aesthetic and will provide you with the building of your dreams. Here are a few tips to help you along the way.
Use the internet
Every architectural office worth its salt has a website nowadays. In fact, if an architectural firm can’t be found online, then they simply don’t take their work all that seriously. An office’s website is the best place to learn the basics about each office. First of all, you will find out what their design philosophy is and this is a very important first step towards finding the office best suited to your needs and vision. Furthermore, the website will also showcase the projects that firm has undertaken and completed as well as some concept designs that will help you get a better understanding of the office’s artistic vision. If you like what you see in a website, then you should definitely communicate with them and arrange a meeting.
In order to find architectural offices operating in the area you want to build your building on – like Limassol for example – just search for the term “architectural offices” accompanied by the area’s name on Google or another internet search engine.
Visit the cities
In order to better understand an architect’s vision, you have to see their work “in situ”. In other works, you need to visit the places they are located in and look at them up close and personal. This is the only way to truly understand the artist’s work and its relationship with the environment, regardless of whether it is natural or urban. If you see a building you like, ask around. Find out who which architectural office designed it and get in touch with them in order to find out more about them and their work.
Ask for recommendations
Finally, if you don’t know much about the architectural scene of the place you want to build your building in, don’t be afraid to ask. Read as many articles as you can in magazines and sites specializing on the subject and try to get in contact with locals who are into architecture. FaceBook groups and forums for architecture students are a great place to start learning about a city’s or area’s architecture scene.