jameshillarchitect | Philosophy/Sustainability

Philosophy/Sustainability

PHILOSOPHY

American thought has always found the spirit at home in the commonplace. At home, the door knob is animated by the hand, the window transfigured by the sun. So as not to be disturbed by the prospect of confronting the transcendental every time we open a door or sense the warmth of the sun, the direct and practical allow for an unconscious appreciation of life’s simple pleasures in harmony with our daily life. Connections to sunlight, views and the outdoors open up a space. Recognition of local geography, weather, history, and materials roots us. Underlying our work is the ambition to create environments for good living that connect us with our place in a community, both global and local, built and natural, future and past. Respecting these connections recognizes the value of our place and the importance of our actions here.

SUSTAINABILITY

With our approach sustainabilty becomes basic to design, as obvious as the path of the sun and the natural flow of air. Recent focus has turned to sustainable material production and more sound energy practices of which the simplest–reduced material use and reduced power consumption–prove the most effective. Our design predilection for natural, locally sourced products used thoughtfully reflects the beauty inherent in the goals of sustainabilty and results in living spaces rooted in their environment. We promote urbanism and adaptive re-use as a means to create communities sustainable, socially committed, and historically grounded.
Located at the geographical center of San Francisco, our office relies on bicycle, carshare and public transportation. We are certified as a San Francisco Green Business.

PHILOSOPHY

American thought has always found the spirit at home in the commonplace. At home, the door knob is animated by the hand, the window transfigured by the sun. So as not to be disturbed by the prospect of confronting the transcendental every time we open a door or sense the warmth of the sun, the direct and practical allow for an unconscious appreciation of life’s simple pleasures in harmony with our daily life. Connections to sunlight, views and the outdoors open up a space. Recognition of local geography, weather, history, and materials roots us. Underlying our work is the ambition to create environments for good living that connect us with our place in a community, both global and local, built and natural, future and past. Respecting these connections recognizes the value of our place and the importance of our actions here.

SUSTAINABILITY

With our approach sustainabilty becomes basic to design, as obvious as the path of the sun and the natural flow of air. Recent focus has turned to sustainable material production and more sound energy practices of which the simplest–reduced material use and reduced power consumption–prove the most effective. Our design predilection for natural, locally sourced products used thoughtfully reflects the beauty inherent in the goals of sustainabilty and results in living spaces rooted in their environment. We promote urbanism and adaptive re-use as a means to create communities sustainable, socially committed, and historically grounded.
Located at the geographical center of San Francisco, our office relies on bicycle, carshare and public transportation. We are certified as a San Francisco Green Business.