low cost doesn't only mean inexpensive.

  1. to me, low cost is the result of an acting philosophy towards existing sites, which is wanted to be responsible, selective, specialized and realistic. low cost philosophy covers several phases:

diagnosis                   observing the existing conditions, in order to take the most advantage of resources; making a

  1. survey of the characteristics, problems and potentialities of the site (wether it is a plot, a ruin or a building in good condition); analyzing the market focusing on the project and on clients’ needs.

design                            integrating diagnosis’ variables in the creative process, responding to market’s needs and clients´

  1. expectations; minimizing cost; valuing and respecting site’s identity; reusing the most of existing structures and materials; creating  low cost building solutions; creating technical and technological innovative solutions; creating environmentally sustainable solutions; creating flexible and evolutive solutions for spaces and buildings; providing, in design phase,   structures/ solutions that facilitate building´s   maintenance in the future.

work                                monitoring carefully all construction works, in order to avoid errors, redoubled works and

  1. unnecessary expenses, ensuring that all projects are well executed and integrated, controlling over works.

maintenance            establishing a maintenance plan (depending on the complexity of the work, a small A4 sheet may be

  1. enough!), in order to maintain buildings’ value over the years.