Our daily experience of space and places is mostly shaped by the direct contact with natural elements – such as light and air, water, landscapes – and the indirect perception, generating from images and materials that can evoke ancestral feelings and emotions. This is the realm where architecture is born.
Inhabitat Architects recognise the human, innate, need to affiliate with nature in a modern building.
We adopt nature-inspired design principles throughout our creative process and preferentially make use of natural textures and colours and visualise pure and minimalist volumes. We value natural light and fresh air as important and tangible elements as building materials.
We define it as “Ecodesign”. By shaping a domestic environment that can be explored and used in different and spontaneous ways, we aspire to make the house be practical to use yet warm and filled with emotional value to the family. Besides, we provide them with a spacious, sociable atmosphere for visitors. Inhabitat ecodesign solutions investigate and make improvements to several aspects, such as optimization and organisation of spaces with a human focus, environmental thermal and acoustic comfort levels, intelligent use of natural materials, textures, patterns, and colours.
We study how to let the natural light and air penetrate and how to orient the building to capture the most of natural light and air. The best performer for light is on the south side rather than in the west and east. Thus, this orientation should guide the design and positioning of window openings. Nevertheless, the appropriate window area or a window-to-wall ratio (WWR) is an important variable affecting energy performance in a building to achieve good daylight. The incorporation of recuperative spaces by turning them into inner green areas enables new and creative opportunities for your lifestyle. A floor to ceiling glazed screen on under-used lightwell filled with plants and flooded by Zenith lighting, can become an integral feature of living space and improve aesthetically and psychological the whole domestic environment.
Ecodesign can reduce stress, improve cognitive function and creativity by significantly enhancing natural light levels, bringing nature in different areas of the building, allowing natural scenery into the peripheral view throughout the design. The result is a relaxing, practical, sociable and stimulating space, perfect for a young family and their social circle.
Wellbeing and human health begin with our daily experience of the built environment, where we now spend 90% of our time. If you want to know more about eco-design strategies for your project we are happy to talk! Request our FREE guide available on our website to find out.