Bld.us aims to bring health, dignity, honesty, and integrity to the forefront of and through our architecture.
To do so, we consider landscape from all angles:
the natural landscape of a site’s context,
the constructed landscape in which the new building will participate,
the near and distant landscapes from which we source our building materials,
the social landscape of the people who craft our buildings,
the ecosystems within our bodies,
the metaphorical landscape of historical precedents that we refer to when designing.
The drawings are an attempt to describe some of those landscape layers through handcrafted (using pen and pencil) textures.
The houses will be built with the healthiest and highest-performing (mostly compostable) building materials; one features a solar array and will be net-positive, while the other boasts a roof terrace and will exceed passive house standards.
Because we base each of our projects on typologies that have been implemented, tested, and adapted for centuries—in this case the courtyard house and the hillside house—we have a wealth of built precedents to reference.
Using materials and typologies that have proved their ability to endure through time, we give our buildings a better chance of surviving the climate crisis.
And we give the inhabitants of our buildings a better chance to live healthy, happy lives.