Conventionally, a designer designs a building keeping in mind, the end use and the client’s requirement. In this process, what is left out of perspective is the relation the structure has with its environment. The question that we began with is: how do we make the buildings we craft to be in sync with the nature? The answer lied in embracing the fact that we don’t view the design as just an architectural design, but create a building that maximizes the use of sustainable resources.
Further, our endeavors began to focus on crafting buildings that respond to the uniqueness of its location. This new focus on ‘location, location’ embraces climate responsive design by starting with a deep understanding of the physical location’s environmental data—sun, wind, light and rainfall—which then drive the architectural design.
Rather than starting with building massing or an architectural form, we start with researching on the building’s location: “What is the sun’s position in the sky at a given time and season?” “What effect will the wind have on occupant comfort surrounding the building?” and “How much rainfalls on the site each season?” Beginning with climate data rather than with architectural sketches inverts the typical design process.
Tropic Responses has succeeded in providing sustainable and responsive design solutions majorly for Residential Projects and is now diversifying the same into other building sectors like Commercial Spaces, Healthcare Facilities, Institutions, Hospitality and etc.
The integration of climate data is a driving factor in the design of new buildings, as well as in the renovation of existing buildings. Tropic Responses is on the leading edge of building design firms practicing climate responsive design, resulting in an integrated and efficient approach to designing resilient structures. Just as flora and fauna adapt to their surroundings and create sustaining ecosystems, we too are learning how to design buildings that respond to their climate and are living rather than consuming.
The most crucial lesson we’ve learned so far is the importance of developing a deep understanding of the climate metrics before the pencil even hits the paper. When we try to follow the unconventional path, there are bound to be obstacles. There are times when we are able to overcome the obstacles without any guidance. However, there are a few hurdles and challenges that we are still surrounded by. And we are sure that with the our research team and the expertise of our consultants, we will be able to find solutions.