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Art & Science of Design


To put it simply, architecture is the art and science of design to create buildings and structures. The balanced integration of artistic sensibility and scientific methodology as it applies to designing buildings and their environments is essential to creating great architecture.

OBMI architects rely on intuition and experience, in addition to a rigorous investigation and analysis, to create every design. Others can see this approach come to life if they examine our project closely. Below we have featured a few ways we carefully balance art and science in our architectural designs.

Glass Doors:  The hidden, floor-to-ceiling pocket doors effortlessly change the nature of a home by seamlessly merging indoor and outdoor spaces. When they're open, space and air flow freely between rooms. When they're closed, the large pane of glass provides security while keeping the view.

Depth & Textures:  Using varying depths and textures in one large space can add separation and create multiple areas. Differences in materials and applications provides dimension to a room, creating depth that makes the area feel bigger  - yet more intimate. This can be scene in OBMI's design for Villa Katsura in the British Virgin Islands.

Exposed Rafters:  Increase a room’s volume and accentuate its height with exposed beams. By adding design and definition to an area, this dramatic style ceiling can make a room feel more spacious by extending a room upward. Seashell Villa utilizes exposed rafters incorporating these principles.

Passive Ventilation: Natural ventilation can generally provide a high ventilation rate more economically, due to the use of natural forces and large openings. Natural ventilation is believed to be capable of enhancing indoor air quality through proper passive designs. Well-designed natural ventilation could also be used to access higher levels of daylight.

Sustainable Landscaping:  Adding both function and beauty, sustainable landscaping conserves water and energy. Green roofs for example can absorb heat and act as insulators for buildings, reducing energy needed to provide cooling and heating. Another benefit of green roofs is their ability to reduce and slow stormwater runoff. The Cliffs Villas at Oil Nut Bay were designed by OBMI and reflect sustainable landscaping strategies.


Learn more about our approach to see how OBMI architects balance the art and science of design.