zlgdesign's very own approach to design as a process in their organisation is one of self-critique on their customised proto-typing and exploration techniques. Huat Lim and Zeidler call this design intelligence, revisited and built over many years to survive critical investigation and intellectual discourse on all levels of their work.

The entire design process appears to do away with adapting to or embracing mainstream typology in buildings, they take a stance and following sometimes very intuitive and artistic directions discovered and later set down at the onset of their conceptual phases of design, minus the styling.

zlgdesign's more minimal work belies warmer and more democratic proposals that can still exhibit simple solutions with cutting edge edge ideas. Other work gravitate towards using elements from the old world placed inside modern times 'envelopes'. The contrast or tension resulting from these associations and juxtapositions in their work is a constant characteristic feature in recent and upcoming projects. These explorations of bringing together heritage and present technology or research has become constant inspiration to their thinking.

"God created paper," Aalto wrote, "for the purpose of drawing on it. Everything else is, at least for me, an abuse of paper."

On what motivates them to design, Huat has this to say, "Thought is a form of necessary action, a precursor to a possible work of art. If one cannot imagine it in the head, then it's not likely to get built the way it should. Getting that evasive image in one's mind's eye and then executing it is what it's really about. We usually start off with a two minute sketch."

zlgdesign was founded by Huat LIM and Susanne ZEIDLER. Their work revolves around ideas and concepts that go beyond predefined architectural pursuits or entities. "We simply want to engage the human experience, " says Huat. "Yet there is always the problem of architecture taking a bit too long to becoming like what good art is, immediate, generative and always assuming an emotive role. We have yet to make it possible for architecture to connect as immediately and emotively to us as art does, or music. We connect more easily to things we adore like our children, or our books."

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