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Arrhov Frick

We don’t prefer (or find it hard) to talk about our own work / We like architecture acting in the background / We like to act in the background / We like classical painting / We like analogue work in the sense of acting quick and intuitive / We prefer to wait if possible drawing in the computer / We like to solve problems / For us pragmatism means to achieve (not only aim for) the effective / We like to use prefab building systems as a tool / We dislike prefab building systems that becomes a border between building and life / We dislike when buildings are difficult to build / For us budget means responsibility / We aim for optimized structures / We often work two dimensional / We like to be effective / We like to be useful / We often ask ourselves how and why / We like to think at our profession as a craftmanship in the means of knowledge of doing things in a good way / To establish this subjective sense of doing things in a good way takes time / We prefer to develop our practice in small steps / We don’t feel a need to invent / We like photography / We prefer the natural / We don’t like to complain about existing conditions, systems, budgets etc. /  We like to question existing conditions, systems, budgets etc. / We like to question a project brief by a proposal / We like to provide undetermined possibilities of use / We aim to bring nature into people’s life’s / We aim to bring natural light into people’s life’s / We try to stay positive.

Johan Arrhov (1979) and Henrik Frick (1977) received their master’s in architecture from KTH Royal Institute of Technology in 2007. Together they established Arrhov Frick in 2010 in Stockholm, Sweden. Carlos Nieto (1977) became a partner in 2017. Working with a diversity of projects, the ambition is to develop clear proposals based on an interest and understanding of specific social and economic contexts. The architecture is often reduced to its fundamentals, emphasizing ideological and programmatic simplicity through a focus on function, structural economy and construction logic. Many of the projects support flexible infrastructures that are capable of future iterations and uses, encouraging sustainability and longevity in the building industry.

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