Riva Architects have always sought to work with the best examples of Jersey’s built heritage. The Island has a wealth of quality buildings which import a sense of place that is quite unique and talks of a continuity with history. Such conservation work requires both an architectural understanding for the design principles which have guided the appearance of the buildings, but also a detailed understanding of the technicalities associated with historic building methods. Such structures require a careful and considered design technique.
Each project commences with a careful appreciation of the existing built form and an archive search to try to glean its evolution and historic development. Such research can present some surprising design opportunities which lead to truly appropriate designs.
Only by having a through knowledge and understanding of the evolution of Island architecture can the design process be appropriately informed. Riva Architects were commissioned to prepare summary sheets of the historical periods of Jersey Architecture.