Damien van Brandenburg - Architecture van Brandenburg
What do you do, and why is it important?
Architecture van Brandenburg is a design studio which is involved in various disciplines ranging from Architecture, Landscape Architecture, Urban design, Sculpture, and Furniture design. Our designs are inspired by forms found in nature. This has resulted in creating shapes that are always curvilinear, since there are no straight lines in nature.
What’s the next leap for your organisation/business?
One of our larger projects is a building for headquarters for a leading Chinese fashion label in Shenzhen, China. This has resulted in expanding our studio to undertake a 300m high skyscraper in the CBD.
What’s the best thing about working in Dunedin?
Dunedin is a city of a scale which is neither too big nor too small, with the necessary resources to cater for our business needs without the hindrances of large city congestions. This allows us to focus on what we need to do with fewer disturbances that can occur in larger scale cities. With this scale comes a community which is welcoming and supportive, and is constantly amazes me with the number of talented people that reside in Dunedin.
What’s your favourite place in Dunedin?
For me, walking through the Cloud Forest in the Orokonui Ecosanctuary is very special, and a privilege to have this natural wonder in such close proximity to the city. It is a place where I find inspiration in nature, where I am humbled by the surrounding environment and I am uplifted by its beauty. Dunedin is fortunate to be surrounded by many other beautiful natural settings too.