Our International exposure
A core element of the projects undertaken by O3 are those completed internationally, in particular projects in developed or developing nations where issues surrounding access, material availability and construction skills become critical factors that influence the design and engineering process. Our practice has had the privilege to be involved in several projects that seek to improve the infrastructure, facilities, and opportunities for those living in extreme social conditions or climates. These projects require an ability to recognize the unique aspects of each country, collaborating with local stakeholders to consider social, community and religious aspects in addition to the more pragmatic building philosophies surrounding orientation, climate, and environment. The development of these projects support O3’s strong environmental approach. Sustainability has been integral to the design and engineering philosophy of much of O3’s architecture and engineering designs giving our work rigor and suitability for purpose.
The ability to design and engineer purpose-built projects that meet the bespoke conditions associated with each site whilst maintaining value for money have enabled O3 to identify core architectural and engineering design principles focusing on issues surrounding function, life cycle costs and sense of situational awareness. Recent projects undertaken in the Middle East, Europe, The Americas, Asia, Africa and Australia have reinforced this need for architecture and engineering to be adaptable to specific conditions and locations. Projects completed have relied heavily on local materials, construction techniques and capabilities allowing buildings to be priced for their location and providing opportunities for the “right-skilling” of local contractors. This has been a strong objective of O3’s international portfolio with our practice actively seeking to be a part of further work with local stakeholders and contractors through partnerships.