Habitat Architecture is the go-to solution for Multi-Family Residential Architecture in Minnesota and has been a leading name in residential architecture since 1991. Multi-family residences such as Townhomes and Condominiums have been very popular with many homeowners, including first time home buyers as well as empty nesters. While most people might imagine enormous high-rise apartment buildings when thinking of Multi-Family Architecture, Habitat Architecture has transformed multi-family living into a more intimate, glamorous and personalized experience. There is no reason why you shouldn’t live comfortably in a structure that makes you feel at home and that is why Habitat Architecture is considered to be a leader in single-family residences and Multi-Family Architecture in Minnesota and around the globe.
Habitat Architecture is an architectural firm established since 1991. With the belief that a house, or habitat, is more than four walls and a roof, Habitat has quickly evolved to be one of the most respected firms in the industry. Habitat Architecture strives to offer architectural solutions that completely respect one’s desires, needs and budget while offering a maximum of comfort and peace. The founder and principal architecture of Habitat, Hamid Kashani, is a member of both the American Institute of Architects and the American Solar Energy Society and always gets a personal satisfaction in knowing that he is able to make a difference in people’s lives by offering them a housing solution that is completely adapted to their lifestyle and setting whether it is by remodeling an existing structure or by designing a whole new project.
While a lot of Habitat Architecture’s work has involved single-family structures in the past, the firm has also been very involved with planning and design of the Multi-Family Residential Architecture market in Minnesota. Their understanding that a multiple-resident dwelling can also feel like a home and be personalized to its residents makes them perfectly suited for multi-family projects. Some recent multi-family projects also include hotel and apartment design, including a recent Hotel Concept in South Africa, for example. Multi-Family Residential Architecture in Minnesota has gained a certain popularity, as aforementioned, and can include a range of different structures such as condominiums, townhomes and luxurious villas and Habitat Architecture can help you design and build the type of structure you are looking for or remodel an existing lot exactly the way you want it
What is Green Architecture? It is the concept of designing buildings with a view of reducing negative impact of construction on environment and the people. Green Architecture encompasses the entire gamut of factors associated with structural designs ranging from conservation and efficient use of natural resources, use of indigenous material, concepts of recycling to optimizing the finances. It is literally an approach to get �Much More with Much Less’. Did you ever wonder why those mud-caked, thatched roofed old houses remained so cool during summers? The answer lies in the advantageous use of local produce and the environment by the indigenous people in building those houses. Modern Green Architecture aims at identifying such indigenous practices and incorporating them into contemporary architectural designs. Green Architecture makes favorable use of natural sunlight and wind flow patterns. Green Architectural designs use energy saving devices such as fluorescent lights and solar heaters to make them more energy efficient. Structural designs incorporate concepts such as on site energy generation of wind, biomass and water.
A holistic Green designed building looks at all aspects of living like a self-sustaining ecosystem. For example, wastewater can be recycled to water the garden and organic waste generated by the occupants can be converted into manure in compost pits, which can be used for the garden. Reduction in the use of synthetic materials is one of the initiatives of Green Architecture. Toxic fumes generated by aging synthetic paints are a health hazard. Some synthetic building insulation material contains formaldehyde, a known carcinogen, which has affected the health of countless citizens. Green Architecture reduces the use of such material so as to create healthier environment. Green initiatives require concerted national and international effort.
The Leadership in Energy and Environment Design (LEED) is a US initiative that sets standards for design and construction practices more in tune with nature having the least negative effect on the surrounding environment and the people. The LEED standard gives different weights to factors such as sustainable sites, water efficiency, energy and atmosphere, material and resources and indoor environmental quality. Based on the weights, certification points are calculated which are graded as Certified, Silver, Gold and Platinum. Platinum is the most environment friendly and healthy LEED certification. The US LEED standards are being used by Canada, India and Israel for some of their Green Architecture projects. Other countries too have adopted their own versions of Green Architecural practices. Some of the countries adopting own standards for Green Architecture are Australia, France, Germany, Japan , Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand and UK.
The serious environmental conditions facing the world requires a sustained effort by the building industry to make a difference. Such an effort can be initiated through Green Architecture as the standard approach for all construction.
Habitat Architecture is a leader in Custom Home Design in Minnesota. Their expertise and professionalism has ranked them as a top choice for any home design needs and the uniqueness of their homes has created for them an unprecedented reputation. Habitat Architecture specializes in creating beautiful and functional houses while being sensitive to the environment and the houses’ surroundings. From small houses to luxurious homes, the team behind Habitat Architecture stays focused on their vision and goal to offer clients an incomparable product suited to their unique needs and wants.
Habitat Architecture was founded by Hamid Kashani, the principal architect working at the firm. Kashani graduated from the renowned School of Architecture at the University of Minnesota in 1980 and has worked in architecture ever since, in Colorado, California and Minnesota. Kashani firmly believes that creating Custom Home Designs is a great way of bringing dreams into reality for his clients � Habitat Architecture is service-oriented and tries to offer the best level of customer service first and foremost. Kashani is a long-time member of the AIA [American Institute of Architects] as well as the ASES [American Solar Energy Society].
All the architects behind Habitat Architecture are experienced residential design specialists. Most of their work includes new construction, as well as remodeling and additions to existing homes. As Custom Home Design specialists in Minnesota, Habitat Architecture provides experience and knowledge of all the latest trends and technologies now made available on the market, such as sustainable materials and designs, a large expertise with creating a variety of residential styles and designs as well as working with different materials and techniques and an ability to adapt and use the sensitivity of Feng Shui in their creations and designs. Every design is created by listening to the client’s expectations, needs and desires as well as an utmost respect of the environment.
Habitat Architecture has also been heavily involved in multi-family residential design, planning and designing hundreds of units throughout the state of Minnesota, ranging from two to twelve unit building types of attached townhomes and condominiums.
Based in Minneapolis, Minnesota, Habitat Architecture’s designs can be found all over the state, in large cities and small rural areas. Habitat has designed cottages near Prior Lake, modern houses in Golden Valley, remodeled homes in Wayzata, Lake Calhoun and Edina and even worked on a cabin expansion in Sturgeon Lake. From small to gigantic, modest to luxurious, whether you are looking to build a new house or remodel your existing home, Habitat Architecture will surely accept the challenge with great pleasure and will certainly exceed any expectations you might have.