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Embracing Sustainable Architecture: Unveiling Our Thought Process

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At Avoid Obvious Architects, we believe in looking beyond the surface to truly understand the unique needs of every site we work on. Our holistic approach takes into account the people, infrastructure, and climate, ensuring that our designs align seamlessly with the surrounding environment. While we acknowledge that perfection is elusive, we strive to create green buildings that not only minimize environmental impact but also enhance the overall experience.

  1. Amplify Local Greenery: We wholeheartedly embrace the benefits of integrating abundant local greenery into our designs. By incorporating lush vegetation, we create harmonious spaces that promote a sense of tranquility and well-being.
  2. Sustainable Modularity in Wood: Lowering the embodied carbon is a priority for us. To achieve this, we have developed a repeatable module system constructed predominantly from wood. This innovative approach not only reduces our carbon footprint but also ensures ease of maintenance, enabling sustainable architecture to thrive.
  3. Communal Spaces in Harmony with Nature: We understand the importance of fostering a strong connection between people and the natural world. That’s why we meticulously design communal spaces where individuals can immerse themselves in the beauty of nature, promoting a sense of community and well-being.
  4. The Fusion of Art and Science: Celebrating sustainability as an art form is at the heart of our architectural philosophy. We seamlessly integrate sustainable features into our designs, treating them as captivating art installations. By blending artistry and scientific principles, we create truly unique and inspiring spaces.
  5. Revitalization of old buildings or structures: Repurposing an an abandoned structure with new addition or program is likely the best approach to extend the embodied carbon of the built environment. It may be possible we have already over built the world. It is time to look back of what humanity has built and find ways to make them better and greener.

At AOA, we are passionate about pushing the boundaries of architecture, always striving to create sustainable buildings that go beyond mere functionality. Join us on this exciting journey as we continue to redefine the future of sustainable design!

All projects below were done in collaboration with Alvaro Arranz, AIA.