The basic principles of an elemental design process

       The basic principles of an elemental design process

APPROACH

“Buildings too, are children of earth and sun” – Frank Lloyd Wright

Site Analysis is carried out prior to design proposals to ensure the natural potential of the site is harnessed.  Become mindful of the local micro climate by sitting, taking notes, observing to the responses on site, listen to inform the design process.

Establish a set of bio-climatic design principles and design by natural example to achieve the optimum building form & fabric, alongside appropriate, integrative services and energy systems, seeking to minimise the impact of the built environment.

Establish a fluid dialogue between indoor and outdoor spaces. 

Employ a palette of low-emitting, hydroscopic natural materials wherever possible, resulting in an increasingly popular  21st Century 'modern rustic' minimal and calming aesthetic. 

Careful Airtightness Detailing, ventilation strategies and resource efficient Passivhaus principles are key factors in achieving Low Energy efficient building solutions which complement the bio-climatic design approach.

Building Biology principles are applied wherever appropriate. These include the specification of healthy materials and services, reduced electrical fields, comfortable humidity levels, minimal toxins & improved indoor air quality (IAQ) seeking to establish a healthy indoor climate for the occupant.