What's important to us
Quality architecture requires creative design ideas and attention to detail in equal quantities. Adam Dettrick Architects achieve this balance to provide quality contemporary architecture that is custom tailored to suit the individual needs of the client. At all stages throughout design and construction we carefully consider every detail to ensure utmost quality.
Let there be light!
Skilful use of natural light is one of the greatest ways to make a space vibrant and uplifting. Its not always about a big wall of plate glass (although when needed we are happy to oblige!), it is often more about the art of positioning windows to capture views, or the winter sun at a particular time of day, or the surprise of a hidden courtyard. No matter what the design task, light is always our goal - it is there in every line we draw.
Quality architecture requires creative design ideas and attention to detail in equal quantities.
We achieve this balance to provide quality contemporary architecture that is custom tailored to suit the individual needs of the client. At all stages throughout design and construction we carefully consider every detail to ensure utmost quality.
Good architecture responds to its local climate, uses resources wisely and avoids toxic materials. Our buildings are designed with the following environmental goals:
- To be inherently flexible in order to adapt to changes in use over time, thereby minimising the need for major alterations.
- To use durable, non-toxic materials and quality detailing to increase the life of the building and minimise maintenance costs and health risks.
- To provide buildings suited to their climate and site, offering the highest standards of liveability and energy efficiency.
- To minimise the environmental impact and resource use at each stage of the overall lifecycle of the building from construction, occupation, through to eventual decommissioning.
Well designed buildings can contribute positively to the local street, neighbourhood and community. Our buildings are designed to engage with the public realm to encourage street life while also helping improve neighbourhood security.
We believe in climate change - it's happening now. We can see the effects of climate change all around us - longer, hotter summers, water shortages, extreme weather events. Whilst a global problem, its is still something that everyone can play a part in fixing. In terms of architecture, its not complicated - intelligent design, energy efficiency and a level of modesty are all that are needed. Yes modesty! A modest sized house is not only much better to live in (quality not quantity), but much more sustainable too. The end result is a building that looks after the planet, and the hip pocket.
We do our bit in our studio too:
- Bike it! Adam's Surly Long Haul Trucker is the office company 'car'!
- We take advantage of our city location - we all walk, cycle or use public transport to get to work.
- Green power: we use 100% green power.
- Paperless office: we use electronic storage instead of paper where ever possible.
Ask us about reducing greenhouse gas emissions in buildings, or follow the links to the websites listed below:
EPA home greenhouse gas calculator