Our approach to constructing in the natural environment is based on a view that we are a part of nature, rather than apart from it. Each fA design is specific to its context and site, and is born of a highly sensitive response to local ecology. Our aim is to design sustainable environments, rather than sustainable buildings alone. Integration of passive systems and energy performance, water management, air quality, and material and resource optimization, are intrinsic to every design, and aim to instill in the building the essence of the elements that make each place unique.
Sustainability in its highest capacity is based on balance, and the ability for multiple entities to coexist. The relationship of that which nature makes and that which we make must be synergetic rather than competing. Neither one should conceal, mimic, or dominate the other. The character of the natural and the made should be complimentary, the integration of hard and soft delicate yet deliberate, so that each may elevate our consciousness of the other.