The architecture of 4a is characterized by its intense involvement with the emotional effects of space. The aim is to create buildings with a special atmosphere which convey a sense of well-being. Our plans are therefore always geared towards people and their needs. Added to this is the need to create a functional, long-lasting while at the same time aesthetically pleasing building. The basis for this approach is the incorporation of the history and culture of the location together with the requirements of the client and the users of the building. Equally central to the design are an ongoing dialogue and even-handed experimentation with the elements of space, material, colour, light and graphics. By allowing these aspects to guide the design process, individual approaches to a solution can be developed, giving rise to buildings with an independent character without the need to resort to any existing typologies. What results is a coherent concept that does not embody any one given style but which captures in detail the essence and special character of the task in hand. The alliance between working environments and leisure-time requirements nowadays forms the focal point of 4a's work. Architecture is a process that is continually developing. During the planning stage the sense of vitality that emerges among the team of some 30 employees opens their eyes to the task at hand, enabling them to come up with a holistic solution that includes and takes into account many different aspects.