- design philosophy
Habitats’ Projects endeavor to elucidate the positive interrelationships between nature, culture and built environments, and celebrate their harmonious connection. Conceived to reflect the identity of the architect-developer’s design ethos, effective and efficient design to suit the contemporary context and with an architectural elucidation apt for today and tomorrow. Habitats’ Projects display minute levels of design work to accomplish vital parameters of sustainable design and respond to the varied lifestyle aspirations of its users.
We at Habitat believe ‘sustainability’ is a collective responsibility, and has to be integrated at the Design stage. It has been our endeavor to reflect vernacular sensitivities (such as ‘vaastu’) within design, and not necessarily mimic western sensibilities. Adoption and seamless integration of a diversity of solutions, along with natural resource management, local knowledge, building practices and energy efficient systems all go into the conceptualization & construction of a ‘Habitat’ building.
Key Highlights of a Habitat Project:
- Being day-lit, they use less energy than industry benchmarks with a strong insistence towards using natural light & ventilation. Window designs are both efficacious and powerful and let in plenty of natural daylight & ventilation.
- Locally sourced materials with lower embodied energies and high recyclable content.
- Structural intelligence and ‘Protherm’ blocks are used to reduce the dead load of the building. An avant grade layout with structural design which seamlessly integrates beam depths into walls, thereby successfully achieving beamless structures.
- Use of native trees, inclusion of shrubs and green areas in the landscape create a sense of staying close to nature. Irrigation needs are reduced with sprinklers and drip irrigation techniques and using grey water from the STPs.
- Adoption of energy conservation & active water conservation practices such as low flow fixtures and recycled water for car wash and landscaping.
- Moving towards ‘Zero-waste’ generation, through in–situ composting and sewage treatment plant.
- Efficiency, when considering parameters of energy savings, construction quality, maintenance and longevity are integral to designing & building Habitat’s Projects. Needless to say, Habitat’s Projects are shining examples of economics, luxury, and architectural aesthetics with sustainability, and go a long way in setting examples of buildings that are easier on our environment.