Creating meaningful residential architecture is both challenging and demanding, as such, the practice specializes almost exclusively in design for habitation, whether in an urban, suburban or rural context. Paolo’s attention to the disciplines surrounding the built environment is integral in creating a dialogue between the architecture, landscape and interior design so that all disciplines are viewed holistically. The practice focuses on new builds as well as inspiring renovations, all from the comfort of his studio in Alphen, Cape Town.
His working methods favour a one-man boutique practice. His reluctance to grow his practice in a more conventional manner means that he has to be disciplined when selecting work as only a handful of projects are undertaken by the practice at any given time. When Paolo started out, he made the conscious decision that he wanted to design amazing places. He did not want to be a gun for hire and choosing a small number of special projects is an important aspect of what he does. As such, clients are sometimes subjected to a short waiting list or referred to other architects. All of his building projects are conceptualized, designed, drawn up, documented, supervised on-site and finally photographed exclusively by himself. In so doing, he takes sole responsibility for every project, in every detail, from conception to completion. His passion and love for what he does is evident in every project.
The practice is a member of the Green Building Council of South Africa and is registered as a member of the South African Institute of Architects, the Cape Institute for Architecture and the South African Council for the Architectural Profession. The practice is underwritten and covered by Professional Indemnity Insurance.