onSITE is a laboratory of both architecture and construction. The name onSITE is born from the idea that durable, timeless and culturally significant works of architecture emerge from an intimate understanding of people and place. At a time when globalization has drawn many architects to urban centers and has diluted our work to the production of ephemeral images – iconic sculptures that belong to everywhere and nowhere and which fade as quickly as they rise – onSITE has sought focus in serene places: taking the time to draw, to make models and even to build many of our projects with our own hands.
onSITE is a critical practice, intentionally small, and accepting very few projects. For us, to be onSITE literally means to invest the time and energy to immerse ourselves in knowing the history and culture that we are working in. To be onSITE means to share the experience of designing with our clients and future users. To be onSITE means to take an active role in the realization of our projects. To be onSITE is to resist the global and the virtual in favor of the local and the real.