About this portfolio
The DesignBook section is a compilation of themed architectural projects which I designed and led in professional practice, initially with the international, London-UK-based practice Scott Brownrigg and later my own partnership in Cyprus; Panos Panayiotou + Associates. The Featured Project section is more fluid, depending on recent work and interests.
For the DesignBook, as well as showing the final design work, I have tried to give broad insight into where the concepts came from, how and why the design developed, and show some ideas which did not make the cut along the way - to illustrate my personal design approach. Something which is very central to my work is creating architecture of change, of movement, where forms have a certain kineticism and where a dynamic is evident in the building, articulating and invigorating the manner of use. Such architecture captures the ‘contemporary condition’ for me. I aim to create an architecture of formal ‘shifts’, both of visual and physical feeling whilst moving through it. My aim is to take architecture from what can be an exercise in containment and solidity to one of weightlessness, of adaption, and of discovery – whilst importantly being driven by process and practical solution - creating spaces with an intuitive sense to them.
Each of my projects is an individual, conceptual response to the program and context. I do not have a defined style or method, preferring to adapt the design process individually to each site and client. However, my approach is always process-driven and there are perhaps two things which are common to all my work worth highlighting:
- The first is that it is important for me to retain flexibility within the design process, and not be precious. To begin, it is important to ‘set your game’, define your intent and work quickly (commercial practice does not give you time to prevaricate), but within this process flexibility and the willingness to explore different options always adds to the end product, in my opinion. So essentially my mantra could be ‘explore and question’.
- The second is to develop a clear identity and conceptual driver for each project. If I’m asked ‘why so?', if it is not possible to answer in two sentences, however large the project, the concept has become convoluted, to my mind. I want my designs to be direct and accessible.
A large proportion of these projects deal with urban and public space design, which is of great interest to me, particularly when working at very large scale. I have been involved with a number of public-space installation projects and have included two key ones which I led here; the ‘No Place Like Home’ series in London and the ‘Beyond Home’ installation in Cyprus. They illustrate for me an exploration of the boundaries of what we do as architects, and what architecture is.
I hope you enjoy a browse through my work!