ArchitectureWe summon all of our design and creative abilities, technical skills and sound management practices[...]
Interior DesignA successful interior design project starts with a good layout of the interior spaces [...]
Urban DesignWhile urban planning looks at cities and towns in their broadest context, urban design looks more at[...]
SYLLA has always been mindful that through architecture we shape the built environment with a purpose so that the built environment, in turn, can shape us and shape how we live and work. The symbiotic relationship that puts architecture at the service of mankind and its well-being does not inhibit us from meeting our responsibility to our client’s program needs, budget, and schedule. Between serving mankind and our clients, we discover endless possibilities of creating forms and spaces that owe their appeal to our creative design approach and artistic passion. At the same time, we recognize that not all clients are the same; and therefore, we approach each project with a fresh perspective and invite the client to be a collaborative member of our team, and when they accept to do so, we turn out good works of architecture, delivered on time and on budget, which must be the outcome of any project we undertake. Please browse through our projects.
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All my projects went excellent. I use this firm to assist with interior design for my office building, my home and most recently in May for custom drapery. I highly recommend this firm for the following reasons, they understand budgets, ensures quality of work and workmanship from their contractors and understands that the customer is the owner. Yes and on top of that they know their "stuff"!”
At SYLLA, we are driving design integration hard into our practice so allied design disciplines can work closely together. For that reason, we do not have a line of design demarcation between architecture and interior design. Our seasoned and experienced interior designers are involved at the beginning of a project, and sometime even take the lead in space-planning for some projects such as residential projects. In fact, our concern for how well things fit and how spaces should flow drives us to design some projects from the inside out to create harmony between the interior and the exterior of the building. Our interior designers put a great deal of effort in the selection of all interior finishes, materials, colors, bathroom and kitchen fixtures, lighting fixtures, cabinetry, furniture, and artwork to create an appealing environment for living, working, learning and entertainment..
A successful interior design project starts with a good layout of the interior spaces that addresses the lifestyle of the client. At the outset of the project, we thoroughly analyze the interior of the spaces to ensure a good flow. We make suggestions to the client about how the layout can be improved. Sometimes, very minor adjustments can make a big difference.
KITCHEN PLANNING and DESIGN
The success of the kitchens we have designed over the years is due primarily to the importance we place on how the kitchen functions in relationship to the life style of our clients. For example, the kitchens we have designed for families that like to entertain and cook are different from those we have designed for clients that are single. We also play close attention to the function of the work triangle between the refrigerator the sink and the cook top.
BATHROOM PLANNING and DESIGN
Over the years, bathrooms have taken a greater importance in new houses. We believe that bathrooms should be planned properly in relationship to the areas they serve. For example, we work with clients to design their bathrooms and select the range of bathroom fixtures and accessories to achieve a total interior design of the spaces. The bathroom design will include:
- • Bath tubs
- • Lavatories
- • Toilets/bidets
- • Showers
- • Plumbing fixtures
- • Bathroom accessories
We also design all bathroom tiles and patterns.
At SYLLA, we strongly believe that no house is successful without the proper selection of furniture that fit the design of the house. We very much look forward to selecting a range of furniture that will bring to life the design of your house.
We have an extensive library of exquisite fabric to chose from. And, spend a lot of time with our clients to select the perfect fabric for furniture, draperies, bed linens and accessories. Once the fabric is selected, we work with our team of highly experienced upholsters and drapery workrooms that meet the highest quality standards we demand for our clients and their projects.
HOME THEATER DESIGN
Technology has made home theater a key part of new homes. We design the layout of the theater and help the client select the various electronic components that make up the home theater. The components include:
- • Stereo equipment
- • Sound
- • Lighting
- • Housing
- • Acoustics
- • Furniture
- • Window treatment
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While urban planning looks at cities and towns in their broadest context, urban design looks more at the finite relationship that exists between buildings and urban spaces and how they affect the experience of people who interact with them. In other words, urban design is at the intersection of architecture and urban planning and it focuses precisely on how human beings interact with each other and with the built environment for their living, working, learning, and entertainment needs. Legitimate criticism has often been leveled, and rightfully so, at architects for focusing too much on buildings, with the surrounding urban spaces seen as a residual after-thought. The most memorable and successful cities you have ever visited, whether old roman and baroque cities to the 20th century cities or towns designed based on principles of new urbanism are cities where the relationship between the building and the urban spaces creates continuity of urban and environmental experiences that are memorable and lasting. These are cities where the buildings and the urban spaces shape one another in a symbiotic relationship that breaks lines of demarcation that often fragment urban forms and uses and hinder spatial and architectural continuity.
So at SYLLA, urban design is an integral part of our architectural practice, and we work in a multi-disciple mode to draw from the talent and experiences of architects, urban planners, landscape architects, civil engineers, environmentalists, and artists in a participatory realm to create successful, sustainable and appealing urban environments.
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21st Century cities are facing two daunting challenges, which are increased urbanization of the world 7 billion people moving into cities in search of opportunities and better living, and the increasingly frightening impact of global warming that is creating refugees that, up until now, were only victims fleeing from political and ethnic conflicts and persecution.
At the same time, the infrastructure needed to support the population growth is either aging in cities of the industrialized world, or is non-existing at all in cities of the developing world. In the face of such challenges, keen, sustainable and forward-looking urban planning strategies have never been more needed today to find workable solutions to such daunting challenges.
SYLLA has a long-standing experience in working with cities and doing research in the realm of urban planning to come up with workable lasting solutions. We believe also that technology should be an important part of any solution, given that we live in a digital world. So part of the services we provide to the public and private sectors in both the industrialized and developing world include the following:
- • City planning
- • Master planning
- • Neighborhood revitalization
- • Housing
- • Economic development strategies
- • Public/Private development strategies
- • Real estate development
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BIM (BUILDING INFORMATION MODELING)
For the past 18 years, SYLLA has designed all its projects in 3-D, and when the term BIM was first coined around 2003, it became quite natural for the firm to effortlessly integrate this new technology into our design delivery approach without a great deal of difficulty. BIM did not change how SYLLA works, it just made it easier for us to do what we were seeking to do already, which is using technology to be more efficient and turn out a better quality design product that is better coordinated.
While there are misconceptions about what BIM is in the industry, to us it is simply an effective tool and a process of imparting digital intelligence/information to architectural components that make up the virtual computer model from which all design and construction drawings are generated. In other words, BIM puts into question the perennial process that matured in the Beaux Arts School in Paris that relied merely on a set of floor plans, elevations, and sections to describe how a building is to be built. While we still use floor plans, elevations, and sections in architecture, BIM allows us to disaggregate all those drawings from the BIM model and establish a dynamic link between the model and the drawings. That link eliminates the need to pick up a change on several sheets of related drawings. Instead, the change is made on the model, which propagates the changes in all related drawing sheets, thus saving time and improving drawing coordination.
SYLLA draws from this wealth of experience to provide BIM consulting services that include the following:
- • BIM Best Practices
- • BIM Content Libraries
- • BIM Project Setup
- • BIM Deployment Planning
- • BIM Standards
- • BIM Support
- • BIM Training
- • Model Analysis
- • 3-D Modeling
We provide customized hands-on training programs that address the specific needs of projects, phases, disciplines and roles so firms can be efficient and deliver quality services to their clients. Therefore, our first task as a consultant to a firm is to identify the firm’s BIM needs and tailor a solution that responds to those specific needs.
SYLLA’s work is going beyond the mere application of BIM and is focusing on the complete life cycle of projects, by looking at 4-D. This approach looks at how cost estimating, scheduling, and construction can be fully integrated with the BIM model so the inefficiencies common in the AEC industry can be reduced significantly. In fact, SYLLA is yearning for the day that contractors, construction managers, and program managers, can estimate cost, bid on a project, and put their schedules together solely on the basis of a robust, comprehensive, reliable, and stable BIM model and not a bulky set of construction documents and specifications. Can you imagine how many trees and person hours we can save? Airplane manufacturers do it, why can’t we in the AEC industry.
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