The practice has a special interest in sustainable natural design; buildings
that work with the grain of nature and make greater use of natural
materials. Sustainable design can be contemporary or more traditional in
style. The intention is to exploit natural resources and local materials,
often utilising craft skills to produce buildings that settle comfortably
into their surroundings, minimising the use of energy and other scarce
resources. For historic buildings, our aim is to achieve a sensitive and
sympathetic balance between conversion and renewal.
That said, we are very
conscious of the restraints imposed by the current financial climate. The
challenge is to produce natural, healthy, beautiful buildings that are
affordable both to build and run without compromising architectural quality,
historical context and environmental sustainability.
In the following projects we have tried to put this philosophy into practice...