Six Ideas

The six ideas are a distillation of practices that we’ve embraced throughout our careers and that now make up the Atomik ethos.

1. Relationships

Shared affinities and trust make better buildings. We work hard to nurture our relationships with sites, clients and collaborators, going the extra mile to engage with them in formal and informal settings so that every project feels like a collective undertaking.

2. Working in analogue

Our adopted mantra is that “you learn to draw, and then you draw to learn”. Drawing – and modelmaking – are tools for interrogating what’s really there. An analogue process of making is not only fun; it helps us to understand how things fit together and change over time, and in turn to predict how our own work will fit into its context.

3. Maturity

Experience allows you to become master of your own destiny. Our big-practice past means that now we’re Atomik we can concentrate on the things that really matter, tackling them with small-studio spirit. We’ve cut out the corporate waste, work more efficiently and actively enjoy the benefits of ‘working our way down’.

4. Rigour

Although we try hard to reach the inevitable in our architecture, we’re careful not to overwork things. This means not falling in love with a design too quickly, but allowing it to gestate in an organic way, testing and developing it as it grows so that we maximise the value without losing the joy. It’s about reaching a simple idea from which nothing can be subtracted.

5. (Hand)made

Architecture isn’t just about buildings, it’s about life in general. Anything we see or do can provide a new angle on what we’re doing. Our individual backgrounds (welder, roofer, burger flipper) all contribute to a depth of understanding about how things fit together, and the fact that when you make a building everything – no matter how small – matters.

6. Time

The fourth dimension to making three-dimensional buildings is time, and a consideration of time is an important part of the way we work. Future time may have implications in terms of environmental performance and social sustainability as well as the durability of materials and aesthetic, while times past are both influence and inspiration.