In terms of inspiration, the architect and his team refer to an extensive library of good library books and magazines, Trends Ideas back catalogues included.
“There’s also the likes of pinterest and online google – we do a lot of research, but we try to come with ideas ourselves as to what is a new way to use a material or a product, it’s about keeping your eyes open and finding inspiration in everything you see,” he says.
Cooper says the trickiest thing in terms of designing is making sure you can keep things simple, in terms of things like mix of materials, for example – and also breaking a design down into forms that still give you the human scale.
The architect doesn’t brand his team as sustainable designers, but rather feels that good design inherently addresses a lot of sustainable aspects.
“We naturally look at orientation, maximise insulation, use local materials wherever possible and are putting solar into our homes.”
Michael Cooper says his company is somewhat shy of awards, focussing on making the owner happy – ‘then if our clients suggest it we will enter’.
That said, Michael Cooper Architects has a string of architecture awards to its name, including from the Master Builder’s Association and from the Trends International Design Awards programme.
To find out more and talk to Michael Cooper, contact Michael Cooper Architects