Mankind’s primordial purpose for building is shelter. Shelter provides mankind with cover or protection. However, shelter does not merely provide cover or protection from the elements, other humans, other dangers, etcetera; shelter also provides mankind with a refuge; a haven. A refuge is a source of help, relief, or comfort. A haven is a harbor, an anchorage, a sanctuary; a sacred place; a meaningful place.
Architecture is about Place Making. Designers are charged with the creation of private realms for solitude and public realms for human interaction, defining order in a chaotic world, and placing one within the cosmos. Our design process includes studies in building performance, the built context and natural environment, as well as local culture, underpinning place making and innovation at the intersection of tectonic form, building ecology, and the human senses.
Based in Dallas, Texas, ALBERT MARICHAL ARCHITECT, PLLC is an award winning design firm specializing in architecture, landscape, and urban design.