DESIGN STRATEGIES

About

We take it from the start. 

snapshot of our studio at Kirsten Walthers Vej 9, 2500 CPH

snapshot of our studio at Kirsten Walthers Vej 9, 2500 CPH

It's in the name.

SquareOne is an architecture startup based in Copenhagen and operating internationally. It was founded in 2015 by architect Kostas Poulopoulos, who has obtained considerable international experience close to Kengo Kuma Architects, Henning Larsen Architects (as Lead Design Architect) and BIG (as Senior Architect) before setting up shop. During his tenure as Lead Designer at HLA, Kostas was responsible for the concept design of Siemens HQ in Munich, Nordea HQ in Copenhagen, the Frankfurt School of Finance and Management, the ZSW Centrum in Stuttgart and Novo Nordisk HQ,  all currently in operation or under construction.

 

Kostas Poulopoulos, Architect MAA

Kostas Poulopoulos, Architect MAA

SquareOne builds upon Kostas' work in developing strategically and artistically sound architecture, which provides crystal clear yet rich answers to the brief. At SQ1 we transform no-nonsense strategies into emotional designs; we are -no doubt- solution oriented, but we consider this a given; there is no grace in big ideas if they are not solved. And we know that good enough is not good enough. We won’t settle with design for well-being; we go for thriving. 

 

When we go hunting.

We are not the type of professionals that go about with a machine gun and shoot at everything. We like to think that we are sharpshooters, maybe even bow hunters. Our method is:  recognition (-not analysis!). We don't waste time analyzing the irrelevant, that's not what experts do. We immediately focus on understanding the hunting grounds; our hunting companions;  the conditions; and most of all, the target : its habits, its strengths and weaknesses. We allow the plan of action to flow freely from the recognition process, not the other way round. When we strike, our goal is not merely to (kill) design something. But to do it sharply, effortlessly and with a high sense of gusto. Not merely like an expert, but a true virtuoso.

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