Our approach integrates the intrinsic qualities and potential each unique site has to offer.  We analyze possibilities in solar collection, daylighting, natural ventilation and ground source heat. We analyze possibilities in solar collection, daylighting, natural ventilation and ground source heat. We also organize the buildings elements to work with view corridors or urban elements of the site.

Further, we seek a connection to the people in our buildings and the natural site that surounds them. We design links to incorporate the natural settings and bring them in to the physical spaces. A successful integrated solution links the diurnal cycles and seasons with the inhabitants of the built environment.

We approach our building design with as many passive energy solutions as possible. Passive integration is the most cost effective way to reduce mechanical loads in a building.
We place thermal mass in optimized locations and utilize glass technologies to “tune” the building as a precise instrument. We take advantage of natural ventilation through breezes on site, or through convection cycles with-in the building. We also further our passive strategies through natural daylighting design. We seek solutions that reduce the need for electrical lighting demands.

Passive solutions are also a way to link the users of the built spaces to the natural suroundings around them. Phychological studies have shown that people who feel a connection to the seasons and daily cycles have a better overall mental health.

Passive solutions are also a way to link the users of the built spaces to the natural suroundings around them. Phychological studies have shown that people who feel a connection to the seasons and daily cycles have a better overall mental health.

We integrate active technologies in many of our designs: Photovoltaic panels, Solar Hot Water Collection, Ground Source Heat systems, Wind Systems. We have experience with incorporating the latest technologies into your building projects.

Material Selection

Material selection is important to us at Hampton Architecture. We seek architectural solutions that utilize local materials and local manufacturing with low waste solutions and small environmental footprints. Materials phenomenologically link the building to the site through the use of native and site sourced material. Buildings celebrate locations through the use of material.

Our project “The Barn” at Boyds Mills utilized site harvested lumber, local stone, and reclaimed timbers from barns in the area. Our wood species selection accounted for the Ash diseases that are moving throughout the North West. We harvested trees wisely and had the wood milled just miles from the site.