From houses in cities, on mountains and along the coast, from micro apartments to remote off-grid dwellings, one thing our clients have in common is a deep sense of purpose. More and more, people building homes are putting the planet and humanity first and recognising the power architects and homeowners have when it comes to contributing positively to our world.
A well-designed home can be truly nurturing. Healthy homes can nurture the body, the soul and the community. This starts with zooming out and looking at big, meaningful moves. Sighting the house so that the living spaces open up to the north, connecting the occupants to sun, views and sky, is essential. This allows the winter sun to come deep into the home while at the same time providing shade and relief from the hot summer sun. Throughout the house we seek to connect spaces to nature and landscape, grounding the home and its residents.
With the integration of green spaces we help mitigate urban heat island effects, improving air quality and promoting biodiversity, and giving the families and communities inhabiting the space connection to the natural world.
The urgency of the climate crisis has propelled a shift in the industry towards sustainable design practices. Architects and designers are prioritising energy efficiency, renewable energy integration and the use of eco-friendly materials. We are seeing building design both in Australia and globally focus on reducing carbon emissions, conserving water and optimising energy consumption. The increasing frequency of extreme weather events around the world has also led architects to incorporate resilience and adaptability into their designs to help lessen these effects.
The cost-of-living crisis has led to a growing demand for affordable housing. We’ve seen architects and designers exploring innovative solutions to create sustainable and affordable housing options, including the use of modular construction and shared living spaces.