N a t u r a l H o m e s f o r H u m a n s
More than simply a structure, Haas Habitats encourage compassionate connections between our biologic and
built environments to enhance human health alongside sustainable solutions for our Earth.
Humans have an inherent, evolutionary inclination to affiliate with their natural environment. It is vital that we maintain a respectful relationship to the world beyond ourselves of which we are a part. Haas Habitats enhance codependent human memberships within meaningful natural communities by adopting & applying biophilic design principles. Biophilic design seeks to satisfy our species’s inherent adaptations to nature by integrating essential elements of the earth into the built environment to go beyond stringent sustainable design strategies that are considered just good or bad.
From the framing of the walls down to the forks in drawers; no stone is left unturned.
I studied the established rules of interior design in a college classroom on the west coast of Canada in Nanaimo, British Columbia. I learned how the fittings, finishes, furnishings and architectural features of structural spaces should incorporate the seven elements of design to include: space, line, color, texture and pattern.
I questioned numerous aspects of the traditional interior design world; mainly the substantial waste generated by the construction process and subsequent subjectivity of it all. I was drawn to green design principles but unable to find many options at that time. Out of principle (and lack of money) I collected materials exclusively from thrift stores nearby in order to piece together presentation projects for every class. I can still remember the look of distain on my professor’s face upon realizing that my fabric sample boards choices were actually recycled old bed sheets.