Sound architectural design is not only about beauty. We do believe that architectural design should not only be beautiful, but it also should be environmentally conscious, culturally sensitive, and personal needs. Personal needs that we must consider are safety, comfort, prestige, and self-discovery. A design incorporating these traits is genuinely an ideal architectural design. So here are our new architectural design principles.
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Contemporary tropical design
Contemporary tropical design the basis of our design principle. It is not only limited to a tropical climate setting, but it is also a flexible concept that embraces the principles of:
Climate change is a growing threat. Sustainable design is not just an option, but rather should be mandatory. A great way to begin caring for the planet is to start with a building that contributes to the health of our planet by limiting waste output and efficient use of resources.
A building should adapt to the local setting. This design consideration will make use of the local materials and craftsmanship that would surely boost the local economy. Aside from the economic benefit, the local cultural identity will is reflected because the domestic setting will use local craftsmanship that carries a cultural identity. Vernacular design is specific to a place, and buildings should follow the local setting offers.
A building should follow the natural setting. The philosophy behind this is that strong forces should not be opposed, but go in favor of it. Nature is a powerful force; to resist its power will make the building inefficient and ineffective.
All the previous design principles all point to one thing: ADAPTABILITY. The modular design promotes adaptability by thinking of the future. A modular design is not complete because it assumes that the future is uncertain and should adapt and change to whatever future may present. Failure to adapt means obsolescence to the design.
A holistic approach to design
Holism applies to everything around us. A process or an element co-exist with another. In the universe, one event exists because a previous incident happened. Nature perhaps is one great example of holism, where a living exists because other organisms exist. An animal needs oxygen produced by plants, and plants need carbon dioxide produced by animals.
In architecture, we put a holistic approach to design. With all other principles, a holistic approach must address the needs of the client, the community, and the environment on coming up with the sound architectural design.