Architecture

ArchSol Design is committed to excellence in design, and sustainable design practices.

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Design

Too much of our physical environment is filled with mediocrity. Strip malls that look the same, mall buildings with uninspired applied ornamentation, and featureless office buildings, are all too familiar. Old homes and neighborhoods often have character. Newer suburban developments, and the scrape-and-fill mega-mansions (Washington Park and its surrounds) are often tasteless. Good design has the ability to inspire and excite us. We all know this feeling when we enter a building or space that has been carefully crafted. Studies have shown that well-designed buildings have - increased sales (retail); improved productivity (office buildings); enhanced learning (educational institutions); improved recovery and healing (hospitals); inspired feelings of piety (religious buildings); increased visitation (hotels, restaurants, & night clubs); and encouraged home entertainment (residential).

Art of buildings

Architecture deals with the art and science of buildings. An architect should have a balance between these two sides of the profession. The art of buildings deals with designing creative buildings or spaces that are self-evident to the building's users. Buildings don't have to be fancy, complicated, or expensive, to be well designed.

Science of buildings

The science of buildings deals with selecting appropriate materials for a project, and the proper detailing of the various systems of a building. Control of air, moisture, and water through building components is of particular concern. With the advances in new building technologies and materials, one has to invest in continuing education. Passive solar design, active solar design, and the use of sustainable materials are playing a larger role in the 21st century.

Green Buildings & Sustainability

Fossil-based energy is becoming more expensive and its effects on our environment have been shown to be harmful to our health and the ecosystem. Passive and active solar design strategies can address these issues. Scarce natural resources, transportation of building materials across vast distances, and volatile organic compounds (VOC's) in building materials, are all sources of concern. Incorporating renewable, reused, or sustainable building materials in the design are steps in the right direction. Smart framing techniques, and the use of prefabricated components can reduce on-site construction waste. Locally produced products limit the fuel used to transport the materials to the building site. These and other sustainable design practices can reduce our carbon footprint and create healthier home, work, and leisure environments. Architects and clients with vision need to address these larger issues as best as the budget allows.