APPROACH


Our expertise designing retail environments forms the foundation of our practice and influences all our work.
 

Good retail attracts people, and people drive development. In enclosed or open centers, on High Streets or as part of entire city districts, retail is often the catalyst for many other communal activities. For this reason how retail environments function, how they are experienced, and how they integrate with other uses are key considerations for everything we do.

At 5+design, we know that the best retail environments reward three constituents equally ‐ owners, tenants and customers. Successful retail developments must be flexible, intuitive and timely, allowing tenants to refresh or change periodically and customers to circulate comfortably in an atmosphere they enjoy. And while efficient commerce must be provided for, so must opportunities for unexpected moments and discoveries. Our history in retail has taught us the importance of both expertise and openness– a fundamental understanding of core design principles coupled with a willingness to explore and evolve with each new project.



Our projects feel like they belong, as vital and vibrant
centers of their communities.
 

At the heart of all great places lies a true story. Be it a historic past, a cultural mythology or a vision of the future, a true story of place is at the source of all richly layered environments that resonate with people in an authentic way.

At 5+design, we are committed to finding these stories and translating them into built environments of lasting value. We look to what each site and its surroundings tell us rather than impose a preconceived design aesthetic or attitude. Connecting design to the greater vision of the community, by uncovering the true story within, is where we begin.



Truly sustainable buildings are not just environmentally
friendly; they are also the most economically and
socially viable.
 

From initial concept onward, our approach emphasizes the creation of desirable and dynamic places because the better a project meets its community’s needs, the more enthusiastically it will be embraced and the longer it is likely to remain an integral part of people's lives.

Beyond this, many of our architects and designers hold LEED credentials from the U.S. Green Building Council. They are trained to implement a wide range of strategies to maximize site and climatic advantages and minimize the unnecessary consumption of energy and natural resources. These strategies include ecologically sensitive site development, the implementation of regenerative design principles, an emphasis on walkability and the appropriate use of locally sourced materials and technologies.