specializes in using the latest environmental “green” design techniques to give their clients comfortable and effective buildings. Designing schools, homes and workplaces with beautiful character and efficacious function drives our work. Founded by principal architect Jessë Valentine Portz in 2007, we work closely with clients to ensure that all of their needs for a building are solved with elegant, clever solutions which will withstand the test of time.
In spacecrafting, we seek to design habitations that go beyond the typical requirements people associate with buildings. In seeking to design spacecraft, we design a dwelling or space habitation, that is a complete system. Rather than create a building that occupies land, we create a building that is symbiotic with the landscape around it. In lieu of taking conventional buildings and green-washing them with a green roof and low-VOC materials, spacecraft design creates a complete package.
If one first brings to mind a spacecraft, most would think of a vessel to travel through outer space. In order to allow the inhabitants to survive the round trip through outer space, an entire system of biological functions must be included in the workings of the spacecraft. The traditional method designing and building is to provide shelter and commodity for its occupants. While this is a necessary function, it does not analyze the complete biological systems required for survival. In spacecrafting all inputs and outputs must be accounted for, similar in concept to a living building.
The spacecraft that leaves this Earth tries to re-create the tiny piece of the Earth’s atmosphere and environment. To create a spacecraft for the earth, one follows much the same principles. One must allow for all the biological functions of the inhabitants, and one must also provide for natural biological systems that are displaced by the spacecraft. The spacecraft dwelling then becomes a symbiotic piece of the environment it occupies. Rather than just providing for an immediate commodious environment for its inhabitants, it improves the environment for the entire environmental biome it occupies. A spacecraft does not just occupy space but serves as a machine to restore the landscape.