The approach of the studio is to balance a pragmatic professional sense of the process of architecture with a ‘designerly sense of knowing’.
This position has evolved over a number of years and has at its root the idea that often work is informed not by a grand theory, but by a cumulative process intuitively drawing on numerous experiences, memories and readings. Our PO Box is a collection of essays which had been a year long project where each member of the office was invited to speculate on their own work and how it contributed to the process of design. The themes of these collected short stories were individually chosen and the briefing was to explore an aspect of architectural production that could be illustrated in the work each person had been undertaking. For us this represents a modest but determined attempt to triangulate between theory and practice, between the world of ideas and the world of building. At Project Orange we are interested in practical theory. We do not have a single dominant mode of practice, rather we see our projects as narratives or stories. By collecting them together we make a body of work. We see the results as part of our ongoing conversation on the relationship between what we do and why we do it. Less a manifesto and more a work in progress, the pamphlet engages in the real world through reflecting on the past and speculating on the future.