Our Approach

Sustainable Lifestyle

SUN Studio designs neighborhoods, buildings, and landscapes for user-friendly sustainable living. Most people want to care for the environment and their community. This is the key to sustainability. Smart design can help make a healthy and sustainable lifestyle convenient, and dignified. We specialize in crafting environments where saving and generating energy, conserving water, growing fresh food, and healthy living can be second nature.

Design With Climate

Sustainability starts by designing for local climate and utilizing passive, non-technological strategies to conserve resources. For energy efficiency this includes smart site planning to maximize passive solar heating and interior day lighting, while minimizing excess heat gain in summer, or heat loss in winter. Furthermore, buildings and landscapes are designed in harmony with the features and challenges of their surroundings.

For water efficiency this means choreographing the flow of rainfall and snow melt to passively irrigate landscapes that provide food, shade, microclimates, habitat, and biodiversity. For living this means creating indoor/outdoor environments that harmonize with the elements and promote everyday use throughout the seasons.

Urban Nature

Sun Studio specializes in weaving natural processes into the built environment. We carefully assess the features of a site to choose where to build and where to preserve, to create the highest quality outdoor spaces, ecosystems, and habitats. At a neighborhood scale, solar oriented blocks and lots, green infrastructure, percolation parks, ecological zones, nature play, and bio-civic realms are woven into the urban fabric. At the scale of the home and landscape we look for opportunities to integrate sun, water, and vegetation with everyday life.

Outdoor Living

At SUN Studio we focus attention on creating outdoor environments that are rich and layered in uses and experiences, and provide for a healthy sustainable lifestyle. We craft great indoor-outdoor relationships between buildings and landscapes to create microclimates for outdoor living, and intimate landscape detailing for activity and comfort.

At the neighborhood scale we plan for threaded pedestrian-oriented pathways and places, gathering and event spaces, community gardens and agriculture, nature play and ecological areas. Blocks, lots, and buildings are designed to provide sunny south facing courtyards for gardening, gathering, cooking, and dining.

High Performance

SUN Studio designs neighborhoods, buildings, and landscapes that conserve and harness sustainable resources. Climate smart site planning is coupled with innovative green building design, technology, and construction. This includes passive house architectural principles, active and passive solar, geothermal heating and cooling, and energy efficient, durable building systems, materials, and components.

Our landscapes provide comfortable microclimates for sustainable outdoor living and practical use. We employ green infrastructure to perform valuable ecological services such as biological stormwater filtration, passive irrigation, evaporative cooling, urban heat reduction, and food production.