• "Sustainable human settlements development
    is one of the biggest challenges of our times."

    Ernst Ulrich von Weizsäcker, World Sustainable Building Conference, Tokyo 2005
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    © Katharina Doblinger

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We want to make people the focal point, in education, research and building. In order to create places where people are protected from hostile environmental influences, places that support and enriche their existence, where future can be imagined.

 

We see ourselves as mediators in a mutual exchange of knowledge and technology, cultural qualities and skills.

 

 

Integration + Cooperation

This pillar denotes the entrance into diverse historical, cultural, social and economic contexts. A prerequisite is a respect for these conditions, empathy for those involved, their incorporation in decision-making and implementation processes and a sense for the appropriateness of the required decisions regarding planning and architectural actions. Research on location serves as a basis for all decisions and work. Competences can be developed through jointly built projects and cooperation.

 


Climate + Building Culture

We understand building as a wide task, as building culture, a fundamental design task with precise, definable objectives that go beyond arbitrary design. In addition to traditional approaches and solutions of the respective location up-to-date expertise is integrated into the design process and design variations are simulated in order to optimise the results. Decisions regarding materials, building orientation, and type of construction are connected with climatic concepts and respond to the specific conditions of the given location. The objective is to achieve comfortable room temperatures. In addition to maximizing quality of living within the buildings another focus is to minimize the amount of energy required for heating and / or cooling.


Material + Craft

In the selection of materials, what is crucial to BASEhabitat is the ecological footprint of the building. Thus the preference is for locally available, renewable, cost-effective building materials that are easy to work with and manipulate. This also fulfils a social objective (affordability / achievability) and an ecological objective (lifecycle of building materials and secondary effects). Preferred materials include earth and ceramic materials, bamboo and wood construction as well as natural textiles and paints (or leaving raw building materials visible).

In order to explore the whole potencial of natural building materials, we need traditional craftsmenship as well as innovation.

 

 

Qualtiy + Empathy

Our commitment to architectural and artistic quality defines BASEhabitat. It referes to the perceptible dimensions of architecture, surfaces, temterature, colours and ambience. It describes a way of working more than an objective: a sensitive and emphatic approach which gives social, economic and political goals an artistic dimension. In this sense, architectural-artistic quality becomes a basic human need and not a luxury good.