How do architects set up building concepts

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The new way of thinking in architecture in dealing with nature and creation

Architects and urban planners are also affected by the effects of climate change. Because with their creative work they have a special responsibility for the caring, preserving contact with nature, art and creation. Architecture can and must be aware of its influence on nature, society and people. Architects not only create technical and creative works. The creative impact of their works goes beyond the actual building.

All over the world, more and more architects are designing “green buildings” and fitting facades, terraces and balconies or even roof areas with all kinds of plants, because green areas reduce the heat that is emitted into the building. Plants are the most natural protection from sunlight. They also produce a lot of oxygen and ensure a good room and feel-good climate. So it's not just about architectural showmanship.

Among other things, green architecture is characterized by high resource efficiency in the areas of energy, water and materials, while at the same time harmful effects on health and the environment are reduced. The buildings are made of natural materials using sustainable construction. Green architecture therefore aims to use natural resources without harming nature. Today, considering ecological, economic, social and also ethical factors, it significantly influences the form and function of buildings of all types and includes space-saving construction in the planning approaches for contemporary, sustainable architecture.

Sustainable building: more than a short-term trend?

Green architecture takes many forms. This does not only apply to the architecturally built substance. “Green building” has become a household word among architects, project developers and investors due to the increasingly obvious effects of climate change. Everything that looks sustainable, ecological or energy-saving and meets the generally applicable standards for environmentally friendly architecture is often summarized and marketed under the umbrella term of "green architecture".

This raises the question for architects who act responsibly as to whether this new “business model” is morally good, because obviously profit can be made by saving our environment - a truly schizophrenic attitude, if at the same time it is always argued that the reduction of CO2-Emissions, the sustainable renovation of buildings and the use of pollutant-free materials and costs a lot of money.

Symbiosis of building and greenery, house and garden
Many cities are already densely built up and are being further densified due to the lack of attractive building plots. In order to create high-density rooms that are as livable as possible for people, it is very important for Schmale Architects to give people as much green as possible.

The approach: Plants are integrated into every building as far as possible. As you build upwards, the greenery also grows upwards. Roof areas are not just green areas, they also become green oases that also offer space for urban horticulture and diverse lounge areas. They serve both as a kitchen garden and as a sun terrace. A humus layer is covered with vegetation on a flat roof, this ensures constant moisture and serves as a perfect heat and cold insulator.

A grid of concrete or steel supports replaces the load-bearing walls and becomes the basis of the new aesthetic. The decisive factor is the idea of ​​supporting structures on pillars in order to make the ground freely usable.

The facade is designed as a free facade. Open and closed areas on the facade enable the external design to be separated and linked to the building structure.

Innovative and future-oriented concept

Narrow architects deal systematically with moral issues in architecture and incorporate ethical considerations into their work. As architects, project developers, planners, civil engineers and realisers, we are aware of the responsibility that comes with the fact that our projects sometimes deeply intervene in and change structures. Of course we hope that our work brings changes for the better.

And because not only economic success is important to Schmale Architekten, but we also take responsibility for nature and the environment, and because we know that we can only achieve the goals we have set if we work together with people and not against them we talk to those affected in all phases of our construction and urban development projects - at the individual level, the internal community level and the social level. The early and permanent involvement of everyone interested in one of our projects or those affected by it is part of our holistic approach.

In the conceptual planning there is a change from conservative building structures, which stands for an architecture according to the specifications of traditional development plans and short-sighted planning according to patterns of traditional urban planning and known forms of living, to the creation of a horizontal village structure with floor-by-floor squares and lounge areas, the connection with light, Air and green as a climate facade paired with offers for private communication of the house residents (retreat areas / lounge) with a view and insight from the street and to different structures of residential groups and lifestyles.