Our Vision

Buildings are a basic part of the urban community. In order for these buildings to be sustainable they have to interact with the social, economic , and physical aspects of this community. The architectural design of these buildings has to respond to the local needs and reflect an understanding for the particularities of the location and its culture.

Sustainability is attained through creative and innovative solutions utilizing local and / or new materials . The building that we are trying to achieve is a result of the a rational interaction with the nature of the site, its topography, climate, and its social particularities. This without imposing unnecessarily complicated or arbitrary forms that add a visual chaos to the city and becomes a burden on its residence .

Sustainability in architectural design is not a slogan you paste on a building or a material you add on the elevations at the last stages of construction or a form that one can choose as some may think. Sustainability is a way of thinking and working that requires going back to the true roots of architecture that should be applied from the first stages of design, starting from site analysis and covers the natural and cultural conditions of the locations as well as the functional use of the building .

The topography of the site as well as the sun movement and prevailing wind direction is the starting point at the concept stage of the design in parallel with the space requirements .

It is from this starting point that an understanding of where to locate openings and allow for circulation within a building can be developed in a way that will reduce energy consumption and benefit as much as possible from passive heating and cooling techniques; all while still maintaining considerations of function. For a design to be truly successful it needs to carefully balance the requirements of sustainability as well as functionality, ensuring that neither is given more weight over the other. A building that does not fulfill its required function can be considered a failure, just as one that is not sustainability designed.

Sustainable design needs to strike a balance between physical and functional considerations (tangible) and the psychological and emotional aspects of design (intangible) that contribute positively to enriching imagination, stimulating positive interaction with the space. This can be governed through the designer’s manipulation of ‘open’ and ‘closed’ spaces in order to heighten the user’s experience of a particular place in terms of its aesthetics, built environment and micro-climate.

The points above, however, do not stand alone, they need to be fully integrated with the basics of spatial and architectural design to ensure a high standard of sustainable design. This holds especially true for large-scale, complex urban developments which require an integrated approach to resolving the conflicting demands of the micro-climate, environment and public space (ie. Access routes – vehicular and pedestrian, landscaping, sun paths, wind directions etc.) to contribute to a higher standard of sustainable design practice in the field of architectural and urban design.

successful project is one that carefully balances all environmental, social, economic, and scientific considerations with psychological and emotional factors and issues of function and use. It requires a deliberate selection of construction materials that complements a well-thought-out, ‘green’ design concept that sits sensitively within the surrounding environment.

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