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MDA- Development DESIGN PHILOSOPHY
"We shape our buildings, thereafter they shape us"
Sir Winston Churchill
MDA-Development's design philosophy is to blend certain eastern and western philosophies and elements to create a totally unique style of single family residences that represent the interests and wishes of the individual clients. This is done by an extensive analysis of the clients and their respective family members particular lifestyles. Primarily this means that MDA-Development interviews their clients in depth to see what actually important to the clients in their individual and collective lives. We also introduce our clients a very old Chinese art-science known as "Feng-Shui", pronounced "fung-schway".
Our client's focus might be to enhance their individual wealth, health, or even to enhance their relationships, or possibly just to create harmony and balance in the lives. The direction comes from the client by them defining exactly what is important to them in their lives, and conversely, what is not. MDA-Development's job is to merely listen, analyze, and to create a unique design based upon the clients needs, wishes and desires.
This does not mean that the clients decides what goes where, and how something is to look. MDA and the clients collectively decide the basic design aspects based upon budget constraints, construction technology, proprietary issues and very sound ancient Feng Shui design principles consisting of mathematical formulas and philosophy. Everyone borrows from the past, as little if anything is truly original at this point in time. We borrow architectural elements from the past that work for us to create the style, mood and feeling of our individual structures. It is our interpretation of past architectural elements that make our structures so unique and appealing.
One of the design techniques that we like to emulate is the organic appearing cast-in place concrete walls, both exterior and interior that the late "master architect" Frank Lloyd Wright utilized in the native rockwork portions of some of his more notable structures. Frank Lloyd Wright was a firm believer that the structure should always be absorbed into their natural surroundings as much as possible, and primarily for that reason created a rather unique technique that made it part of the environment.
Frank Lloyd Wright was also a master in siting the structure correctly. How a structure presented itself on a particular piece of property was of major importance to the late master builder architect. It is not generally known that Frank Lloyd Wright was heavily influenced by Japanese Architecture and eastern design principles, including the art-science of Feng Shui. This is easily observed in so many of his significant structures today. Frank Lloyd Wright did not call these design principles Feng Shui as such, however to anyone with a trained eye it is very obvious. He merely borrowed these design elements to create his own unique blend of eastern and western architecture.
Another design element that MDA-Development likes to emulate is to utilize quality cedar construction for all courses above the base course, which is highly effective on multi-level structures, in conjunction with the cast in place native rockwork concrete on the lower base course.
The use of Japanese architectural style roof lines is another very important design element that we utilize with decorative baked-enamel metal roofs that appear as "aged copper". This is of particular importance to structures constructed in heavily forested areas as they are considered fire resistive in the event of forest fires. The Japanese style roof lines are also an important part of the Feng Shui principles that we employ in our unique designs.
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Designed by MDA. Ltd., February 2002