REGIONAL DESIGN

DATE: August 27, 2018

Todd + Associates - Regional Design

 

More and more communities throughout the world are embracing the idea that architecture should support the cultural identity of those it serves.  What does that mean?  It means that architecture must be experientially rich and culturally adapted to reflect the context, climate and customs of a particular region.

At Todd & Associates, we agree with this response and focus on the following tenets of regional design:

1. REINTERPRETING THE PAST

We recognize the modern culture we live in while paying respect to the past and the history of the area.

2. CLIMATE/SOLAR ORIENTATION

We utilize transition zones to provide protection from the sun and allow for optimum use of the outdoors.

3. USE OF LIGHT

We maximize the use of natural light to fill spaces, making them look bright and stunning.

4. USE OF WATER

Water represents the preciousness of life in a harsh environment.  We seek water efficiencies to do more with less without sacrificing comfort or performance.

5. EFFECTIVE LAND USE

We are sensitive to the uniqueness of each project’s location and surrounding context.

6. MATERIALS

We recognize that each region has its own historical precedents regarding local building materials and techniques.

7. RECOGNITION OF BOUNDARIES

We recognize the site’s topography, drainage and existing landscape; and seek design solutions that are not so definitive within the landscape but instead are an extension of it.

8. EMPHASIS ON THE VERTICAL

We create identity or emphasis with visual verticality at focal points.

9. SPIRITUAL CONTEXT

We seek regional civic pride relationships to develop a sense of place.