here at the research lab, we have the opportunity to explore  topics in which we have an abiding interest.  r + d is critical to challenge our opinions and to discover better solutions,  we share some of those curiosities. 

environa studio has a long held commitment to innovative design for sustainable housing.  we acknowledge the planet has limited resources and recognise that as architects we can be influential providing positive solutions with low environmental impact yet maintain design integrity.

we believe in the use of flexible space that can change with your needs and the seasons.   we try to focus on what is really needed, often suggesting ‘alterations + reductions’ as an alternative program.  authenticity is high on our agenda, often letting the honesty of materials speak through form + function.   

our interests centre on the use of traditional and innovative typologies to achieve higher densities, greater efficiencies and sustainability.  projects and research undertaken by us in multiple dwellings  and residential communities have concentrated on the development of housing models that integrate sustainable design principles,  retain diversity and individuality, and allowing for privacy and amenity for the occupants. we promote the revival of the courtyard type, which provides an increased external wall area for climatic interchange (solar winter heating and passive summer cooling) and fosters an indoor-outdoor relationship.

our “house of the future” project, exhibited at the sydney opera house in 2004, demonstrated how a typical suburban development of 10-12 dwellings per hectare can be trebled or quadrupled yet retain lifestyle and amenity attributes.  the increase in density has dramatic implications for sustainability. services, power generation, water collection, recycling, waste management, etc are more efficient, reducing precious resources, encouraging more effective use of transport systems and a reduction of the ecological footprint.

often developers + councils seek ways to extend suburbia, particularly through “new urbanism”, we are heading in the other direction, seeking ways in which a desirable lifestyle can be achieved in a far more rational fashion, from increased communality in the building forms and site, to better land, energy and water use.  we are reinterpreting the positives of past