01. This is how we do it
At Aberrant Architecture, our philosophy is simple: spatial experiences should be meaningful and beautiful. To make this happen, we have a tried-and-tested approach – here’s a whistle-stop tour.

02. What’s your story?
First, we get to know our client, finding out their backstory. We meet to talk through their project and develop the brief with them. What do they want? What do they need? What would they really like? Together, we pinpoint the project’s aims and timeline before agreeing on the best way forward. Communication and collaboration are key in this first stage.

03. A dollop of research
We then start gathering research to help shape our design concept. This phase will often find us rooting around in libraries or historical archives. We’re always interested in using our projects as a springboard for critical debate about how we live, work and play and our research helps spark ideas about how we can frame this in an engaging way.

04. A smattering of fun
There’s nothing like talking to people to add some colour to our historical research. It’s key to what we do – all of our work rests on a deep process of creative engagement, co-curation and co-design. We invite a diverse group of people who will be the ‘users’ of the project to workshops so they can feed in on the design process.

05. A heavy dose of storytelling
Back at our desks, we’ll reflect upon all the insights, memories and histories we’ve gathered from the community. Their stories become key ingredients in our concept and design – the more we’ve engaged with people on a project, the more successful we feel it is. We’re amazed by the power of meaningful narratives to create memorable experiences.

06. The best of all worlds
Once we’ve landed on a design concept, we find a way to translate it three-dimensionally through material, light, form, space, image and sound. For this, we seek inspiration from the fields of architecture, art and design to emerge with a spatial design that chimes with our concept and helps communicate the stories we want to tell.

07. The nitty gritty
It’s then time to work out the nitty gritty details and share the look and feel of our proposal with the client. As well as design drawings and models, we often create storyboards to illustrate the intended user experience. This helps us share the layers of social and historical meaning within our concept, offering various ‘ways in’ for different people.

08. Bringing it all together
When it comes to building the design, we start by gathering quotes from contractors. Then, we’ll supervise the construction process from start to finish, checking in regularly and resolving any design queries when needed. We often involve the maker early on in our design process so they are fully on board with our vision for the space.

09. The end is the beginning
And then, it’s built! But that’s not where the project ends – in fact, it’s usually just the beginning. We create convivial, flexible and multi-layered spaces that invite social interaction and spontaneous activity; places that re-invigorate their surroundings and give new meaning and identity to a place. People are built in to our designs so that our projects engender lasting change.