Obviously, architecture is FAT’s specialism and its area of extensive experience. Since the beginning of its activity, FAT has had the opportunity to undertake numerous projects which have become elements of its portfolio: residential buildings, shops, offices, sports facilities, museums, hotels, transport stations, among others.
In all its proposals, despite the diverse circumstances of each project, FAT has the same concern: respect for the desires and needs of each client. FAT’s team includes technicians specializing in several areas that guarantee that each project is implemented and runs smoothly. Project management is rigorous and, from the first draft to the construction phase, relations of trust are established between all stakeholders. Effective monitoring of licensing processes, compliance with deadlines and budgetary control are key objectives for the whole team. Currently, the use of BIM systems is also part of our integrated project management, which forces us to have the latest technological resources available, so that we provide the best possible result.
Urban Design has, over the years, assumed an increasingly important role for FAT, and is now one of its areas of study and action. It is essential to understand that everything is relevant in the organization of urban plans – the buildings themselves, the relationship between them, the surrounding space, the socioeconomic situation of those who live in them – to ensure that they are not drafted with a partial view.
Thinking about Urban Design involves reflecting on future needs at a time of constant change, seeking to coordinate history, typologies and different dynamics, to define sustainable proposals that produce improvements in people’s daily lives while avoiding reproducing patterns that are not appropriate to reality.
Accordingly, FAT always aims to produce culturally acceptable models of intervention, that respect ecosystems and that are socially and economically viable, both for inhabitants and investors.
Landscape architecture targets intervention on place and landscape. It is a multidisciplinary approach which combines social and ecological disciplines, biology, botany, geology and technology, as well as architectural design associated with project design.
FAT’s landscaping work has a very direct relationship with the architectural projects themselves, based on the scale of intervention of each one of them. Thus, a landscape architecture project may cover land-use planning; the organization of public spaces, the design of squares, streets, gardens, riversides and also private gardens, roof gardens and green facades, public spaces and terraces. Today the intention is to make the spaces in which we live more sustainable. Accordingly, FAT’s projects seek a better balance between built spaces and green spaces, to make them more pleasant and human.
Refurbishing buildings is one of FAT’s most common project areas. We advocate the rehabilitation of architectural heritage as the historical legacy that gives the city greater cultural authenticity, since it is in this value that the inhabitants are reflected, their culture is represented and it is one of the reasons why cities are of tourist interest .
FAT has encouraged the rehabilitation of the built environment by developing operational, financial and programmatic strategies that enable it to be reused in contemporary and functional ways. Thus, throughout our experience, we have managed to recover old factories, dwellings or unused convents, which now function fully as hotels, housing, interpretation centres, among others. We address rehabilitation with the same responsibility as in our design of new buildings, so, irrespective of scale, one of the main concerns in this type of work is to protect the identity of the building as a factor of historical and commercial value.
Interior design is intimately connected with the functionality of each space. This project can be developed in a space yet to be built, or already built, and is defined by selecting the type of lighting, materials, colours and furniture, with attention also to layout, so that all these elements together create the right environment for every experience.
FAT’s understands the desires and preferences of its clients and presents solutions that make each space unique and welcoming, always with due consideration for the schedule, available budget and delivery times.
Today, 3D modelling is an integral part of the process of studying and developing a project. 3D is one of FAT’s main tools for testing ambiences, materials and constructive solutions, above all so that they can be communicated to the client. Thus, together, both achieve a better final result.
In the era of the image, renders are also essential from the commercial point of view, as they facilitate the disclosure and sale of the building before its work is completed. For this reason, we are asked for increasingly realistic images or renders. 3D software enables possible calculation errors or technical incompatibilities to be foreseen as early as the design stage, which avoids problems during the work and, consequently, waste of the time and money of all stakeholders.
Graphic Design is a technical and creative process that uses images and texts to communicate messages, ideas and concepts. It must be permanently updated to keep up with market trends. The graphic designer is also an architect, but of information rather than buildings. His/her role is to interpret and manage the information provided by the client, translating it into a visual composition with a clear, coherent and attractive message for its target audience. When the client orders an architecture project, sometimes they are looking for integrated communication solutions. At FAT you can complement your project:
1. By creating a brand to promote a building in the real estate market;
2. By developing a corporate identity for your business area;
3. By producing specific graphic elements.
In this way, Design is a complementary aspect of the work developed by FAT.