Architecture is essentially public, however Hames Sharley considers the Public & Culture Portfolio as particularly related to an ‘open’ or shared architecture that is used by the community.
These include the built form used daily, occasionally, or on a needs basis by a community as they live, work and spend their leisure time.
We believe that public architecture should add to the liveability and enjoyment of the city. Through the nature of its shared infrastructure it offers an opportunity to be exposed to different spatial experiences; to inhabit, to pause, to contemplate, to learn, to be entertained, to share, to see how people behave and relate to one another, to share beliefs and aspirations and to become a community.
Public architecture allows citizens to record their contribution to society.