A) THE FIRST: would be more of a survey than an occasion to put forth design solutions. A few sketchy or vague ideas may be born, but all ideas and notions that may emerge from the first site visit needs to have its integrity tested and also needs to satisfy the zoning regulations with regards to building lines, servitudes, coverage and floor area ratios etc.
1.The orientation of the existing building, circulation, lighting, thermal comfort in winter and summer would also be analysed. This would probably be the most valuable contribution to green architecture which is in vogue currently.
2.A visual study of the gradient of the site, to determine whether it is favourable for future design opportunities. (a land surveyor may be necessary for certain complex gradients. This is a worthwhile investment to avoid costly storm water complications at a later stage.)
3.Analysing the aging of the building with regards to plumbing, materialsetc. Any potential waterproofingchallenges and problems.
*LorgatArchitects cannot be held responsible for any other or future discoveries ofbuilding problems on site. And it will only be possible to identify what isvisually apparent, ie: underground pipes that may be leaking etc will not be detected.
4.Photoswill be taken to record the above.
5.Surelya few design proposals may be brain stormed. Lorgat architects needs to get into the mind of the client to make his design aspirations a reality. So it is necessary for clients to communicate all their ideas and thoughts of th eproject concerned.
B)THE SECOND: Depending on the scale of the existing building I will endeavour to do a more detailed survey which would include drawing up the existing with detailed measurements using accurate laser equipment.. This would be essential to take the project to the next stage.(*For huge warehouses , hotels , office blocks that require alterations an outsourced company would be appointed to survey the building .)