We love how the design really captured all the seemingly contradictory elements in the “wish list” we wrote up at the beginning of the process. Also the siting of the house on the land was perfect — both aesthetically and from a passive solar perspective.
Anni and David were wonderful to work with. They listened to what was important to us and then gave us several design options to pick from. They were sensitive to our needs and desires and created a design that complimented the site. Their design was beautiful and efficient.
The newly opened LEED-certified building beautifully models so many of the lessons we endeavor to teach our students (ecological design, creative reuse, greywater, passive solar, photovoltaics, solar thermal, living roofs, rainwater catchment and responsible waste management) with a great sense of style and accessibility.
...with 103 degrees outside, the interior at Ideagarden was a cool 73. Guests were stunned that there was no AC
Anni and David are excellent at eliciting one's inner wishes/ dreams and then translating those thoughts into a design. …They understand the sun. While I'd like to believe all architects are equal in that respect, they just are not.
Maximizing material reuse, recycling and resourcefulness
The super-creative, open-minded orientation of figuring how to make something splendid with existing elements plus some locally-sourced salvaged ones, plus judicious and efficient use of new materials is magically unique.
One of the best experiences I’ve ever had on a project of any kind. They are smart, fun, spectacular at what they do and very easy to work with. I only wish I had an excuse to build another house so I could do it again.
ATA really excels at designing with a good balance of aesthetics, comfort and environmental impact in mind. All of the complicated solar engineering and calculations really support those three factors - looks, liveability and sustainability - in a way that is seamless, invisible.