Design principles

The Hausweaver™ House is based on a set of principles that inform how we design. 

The following points outline the basic principles of the Hausweaver™ House. The commitment to create sustainable homes for their clients drives John and Marcus, and the principles can be applied to any new home or renovation.

A personal history
of home

Every client and their family is unique. Each of us has a personal history of 'home' whether we think about it or not, burned into our heart by many years of immersion in what architects call the 'built environment'.  From this history, we have all developed a personal understanding of what makes a home, and what we do and do not like.

This personal history includes building forms, visual 'language' and also style. No matter how stylish it might be, the Hausweaver™ House is first and foremost a home, and not merely a stylistic or artistic work.

Natural light & wellbeing

Architecture is the vehicle of light. Natural light is essential to human wellbeing, and it does something for body and mind, even while it illuminates and animates our buildings and interiors. The Hausweaver™ House is shaped around the engagement with natural light. It forms a fundamental part of the design and the dwelling experience, and is combined with other elemental 'building blocks' of good dwelling design, such as fresh air, the use of sustainable materials and views.

Location & site

The Ancient Romans had a handy concept called 'genius locus', which roughly translates as the protective 'spirit of the place'. This concept has developed a secular equivalent in modern architecture, whereby a so-called 'regional modernism' has developed in multiple locations across the globe, an architectural style that varies, taking into account climate and other local conditions. Working closely with the specific conditions of a site and a place is common sense, but it is also crucial to connect us to the place we call home.

Speaking of things Mediterranean, about 1800 years ago a chap called Diogenes carved, on a stone wall in a portico in the town square (Agora) of Oenanda (now in Turkey), a neat summary of the philosophy of Epicurus. Epicurus believed (among other things) that 'pleasure' was the ultimate good, and that we should live by striving to attain this good. However, in contrast to modern definitions of the 'epicurean' being analogous to the gastronomically sensuous or self-indulgent, Epicurus himself felt that the best way to achieve this goodness was to live modestly, and be equally modest in the face of our desires.

From this was born the idea of the sweet life, or the good life - la dolce vita

We love to make dwellings within which the occupants can enjoy simple - modest - pleasures, such as good food, good company, good wine, a patch of sunlight and a good book. Your home is where you should be able to attain all of these things.

La dolce vita

Weaving a home

Making a home is a journey, one taken together by client and architect. We liken the process to artisanal weaving, where little by little, back and forth, by warp and weft, we build up together a sense of what your home will be. Home design is never simple, but good design - the end result - can be. The end result should be like a tightly-woven fabric, colourful, rich, and warm - a home that you and your family can enjoy together, built to endure.