With responsibility for more than 60% of worldwide CO2 emissions and its status as the world’s largest consumer of non-renewable energy resources, the construction industry is directly responsible for the dramatic state of our planet and it’s rapidly deteriorating climate. In collaboration with ambitious clients and partners we aim to develop pioneering projects and research solutions for a futuristic society where it is possible to largely eliminate the need for fossil fuels. Humillitiy, durability and a strong relationship with context offer the possibility of a future Architecture which is timeless and tranquil.
Through wide ranging discourse within communities and among experts we consider, discuss and realise global Architecture that strives to promote the use local natural resources. These materials facilitate the creation of comfortable and healthy dwellings that allow us to live in better harmony with nature. Through focussed project work and selected competition entries combined with ongoing professional and team development, we aim to use our growing knowledge and experiences to create a series of new dynamic solutions for the complex questions posed by an ever-evolving built environment.
Flat hierarchy, positivity and a respectful approach create space for solution oriented teamwork both in-house and with our partners. Focussed, consequent projects, developed for the end user, lead to a high degree of acceptance and a long lasting satisfaction for all parties involved.
Our activities encompass the complete spectrum of architectural services throughout all work stages. We develop innovative and efficient solutions that use resources responsibly and address a growing worldwide awareness for the need to pursue healthy and environmentally conscious architecture.
Natural materials such as earth and timber are energy- and cost-efficient as well as fully recyclable. Moreover, when used in construction they can absorb pollution, regulate air humidity and create a superior room climate. Our low-energy timber and earth buildings, insulated with cellulose, do
not require additional mechanical ventilation, thereby reducing life-cycle costs while maintaining high levels of end user comfort.
Over a long period we have gathered experience using earth, timber and bamboo as building materials, this experience has helped situate us as an internationally leading office in the sphere of natural building.
Our activities encompass the complete spectrum of engineering services ranging from design consultancy at the concept stage, through to detailed structural calculations, workshop planning and the on-site supervision of works. We take an integrated approach to planning, working together with architects in the early phases of a project to find an appropriate and sustainable structural concept. When designing building structures, we draw on the entire palette of available materials giving special focus wherever appropriate to sustainable building materials such as earth, wood or bamboo. The calculation of the thermal and mechanical properties of structures (building physics), fire safety and noise insulation are for us an integral part of the planning process to be considered during the early design stages. Our range of expertise is reflected in both the projects we have undertaken as well as our teaching engagements and activities as publicly accredited surveyors.
Our comprehensive experience of planning and supervising the construction of earth building projects is regularly requested by both other architecture and design offices, as well as construction firms around the world. We can assist architectural and engineering services in all phases of a project in the capacity of a specialist planner, professional consultant or in the on-site supervision of works.
We develop concepts for the sensitive conservation and restoration of listed historic buildings and monuments in Germany and abroad. Our work is based on a respect for historic techniques and materials that allow new concepts for the use of these buildings to be developed. Our extensive experience in the Middle East has gained us international recognition for our expertise in this field and we offer conservation consultancy and design services from our branch office in Abu Dhabi.
Our Laboratory is specifically equipped to handle the testing of earthen materials as prescribed by DIN regulations or for other private requirements. Various manufacturers of earthen building products consult us during product development due to our expertise, experience and facilities.
Our competence within the sphere of sustainable and earthen building allows us to participate as an SME-Partner in national and international research projects. We work with international partners to develop cutting edge solutions in the field of natural building materials and recycled products.
We regularly provide expert assessment of damages to buildings, particularly those made of earth. These reports can serve as a basis for developing appropriate renovation or conservation strategies. We also serve as expert witnesses for private purposes or court action.
Our expert team is led by Prof.Dr.-Ing Christof Zigert, accredited consulting engineer and surveyor of ‘damages to earth constructions’ (IHK Berlin) and contains consulting engineers and surveyors in the fields of earthern building and historic timber constructions. Additionally our laboratory is with a variety of specialised equipment allowing us to undertake advanced analysis of field samples.
We are trained energy consultants for both residential and public buildings with a KfW certification as on-site consultants. As accredited auditors we are able to provide sustainability consultation and certification under a number of recognised systems. We provide life cycle assessments for our projects and aim to develop material concepts based on re-use and longevity.