HUMANISTIC DESIGN: Sustainability at its core is a sense of the relationship of location and culture in time – truly emerges from an Architecture that evolves from space and light.

Bringing these complex relationships, often composed of contrary forces and situations, together into architecture defines Integrated Design.

Integrated Design paired with a humanistic (or human friendly) approach forms the essence of our work in Next Phase Studios.

All of the spaces we create are based upon human needs and serve people through attention to their social and functional requirements while addressing the imprints of culture, history, and sensation of comfort.

While this humanistic approach forms the pivot for all of our design, the integration of creative engineering, especially climate engineering and day lighting design, is especially important. We encourage these components to become an active component of the design process rather than providing for secondary “applied” technology.

We believe that this methodology can lead to spaces in which the resultant positive impacts on health, comfort, well being, productivity and communication may easily outperform the cost of sustainability features.

In the example of the Genzyme Center, we find that an artful, daylit, and healthy environment provides for human needs holistically. While on the one hand, sickness and fatigue are reduced, communication, creativity, and efficiency of work can be improved.

Genzyme Center
Cambridge, MA