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At Windigo we believe that the building's environment—no matter how man-made or industrial it is—is inherently natural. Like the wind and tides, mankind continually sculpts the planet. If we understand that we as a species never really left the natural world and are very much still intertwined within it, then it is inevitable to see that our actions and processes are as natural as they were millions of years ago. 

We believe that sustainable design goes much deeper than the superficial application of “green” technologies to our buildings.  Solar panels, geo-thermal systems, LED lighting, super insulated walls, vegetated roofs, and organic materials are all engineering methods for lessening the impact we have on our planet.  But this is not all there is to architecture.

To truly be architecture, designs need to connect to the soul in the same way music does.  We strive to build spaces that awaken occupants’ senses to the pulses of the world around them.  Our designs create contemplative moments and express the parallels between man-made objects and those of the natural world.

Our holistic approach to architecture adheres to and grows from the following principles:

• The architecture shall strive to enrich our lives by creating soulful connections to the built environment and remind us that we and our actions are a part of the natural world.

• A building and its site shall require little to no man-made energy for heating and cooling, power, lighting, and operation.  Through proper sighting, form, and orientation, the building shall utilize natural energy forces as much as possible to provide a comfortable habitat for the user.

• Where ever possible, systems for utilizing renewable resources shall be integrated into the design.

• When man-made energy is required, it shall be consumed as minimally as possible through the integration of innovative and efficient systems.

• All products, equipment, and fixtures incorporated into the construction and site work shall provide for a healthy environment to its occupants.

• All products, equipment, and fixtures incorporated into the construction and site work shall have a minimum impact on the environment during construction, usage and decay.

• All of this should be integrated into the architecture in such a way that it is visible, becoming contemplative focal points as well as educational tools.

It’s common sense that buildings should be energy efficient, sustainable, and provide a healthy environment.  We strive to transcend this imperative by creating space and form that draw connections between the soul and the environment.