Founded in 1890, The Buchan Group brings over 130 years of design heritage to Pace Development Group's newest build. We sat down with the international award winning architect behind Pace of Carnegie: Principal Architect Harvey Male of The Buchan Group.
How long have you been practicing for?
Too long! About 25 years.
What made you pursue a career in architecture?
I always liked the idea of making something. As a child growing up in England I used to make models which demonstrated an interest in built forms even from an early age. When it came to university I was lucky to find an appropriate architecture course that suited me, in Leeds. I didn't have a portfolio at the time, but I interviewed well so they took me on. It was a great course; analytical, creative, challenging. I've never looked back.
What do you love about your job?
My work gets to shape people's lives. That's my greatest satisfaction, and I've never grown tired of it. It's 30 years later and I've just finished an architecture competition for a site in Korea and I feel the same excitement I did when I was at college.
What were your key considerations with Pace of Carnegie?
It's a rare site, it's three individual sites put together so it's big. Often with residential builds it's too tight, but this time we were unconstrained so we could really sculpt the response for the residents' and neighbours' benefit. Our main responsibility is always to the people who live there. We want them to live well, in a high quality, sustainable environment.
What are your favourite features of Pace of Carnegie?
The entrance lobby because it tells the story of the complex. It's spacious, it has light wells and landscaped gardens which are all designed to connect residents with nature and each other. I like that there are communal spaces where the unexpected can take place; chance meetings, barbeques with friends by the infinity pool, and quiet spaces to sit in the sun and read. The apartments themselves are bigger than usual and the indoor meeting the outdoor is thematic, repeated on every level with terraces, windows and gardens so that you're not just greeted by an interior corridor, but you get to engage with greenery and sky at every opportunity.
Can you tell me about the design of the building?
It's designed in a unique shape with two entrances on either side. This enabled us to maximize the amount of light each apartment enjoys, and ensure the building didn't feel like it had a front and a back. We want each resident to feel they have the best view, that their home is at the front of the building.
How do you want people to feel when they step inside Pace of Carnegie?
Like they've arrived home. I want people to feel relaxed, like they're somewhere different that's uniquely personal. It's not somewhere anonymous – it's intimate, and it's yours.