While working for Frank Gehry, I would hear him say that his best projects were the ones with the most constraints. While it seems a bit counter-intuitive, it can be true that constraints can actually help sculpt good design. Now don’t get me wrong. I am not going to complain about a project with no building envelope, permitting or budget issues. But I, too, believe that wonderful design can come from projects with constraints as well.
For example, I love this project we designed and built as 2 modules in Aspen. The site had more constraints than any other I have worked on: overall maximum width of 28′, low maximum building height, and neighboring homes within feet of the sides of the property. Oh, and did I mention heaps of snow?