"Architecture can help solve our society's most dire problems, while at the same time, improving the quality of our local and global communities" _Giancarlo Mangone | Symbiosis Principal
Symbiosis is currently investigating the potential economic_social_ecologic benefits of incorporating natural environments + processes into built environments
Symbiosis is devoted to producing innovative, interdisciplinary research to help improve the quality of built environments + local and global communities.
Current Research Focus
We rigorously incorporate a diverse range of scientifically validated research methodologies into our research projects, from a myriad of research domains. Scientific experiements, existing building observations + post occupancy evaluations, expert collaborations, literature review, and design explorations + developments are employed to produce high quality_high value research results. Moreover, the generation + application of research through our innovative
applied research design methodology generates higher performing + higher value design solutions.
The results of the various research projects are presented in international scientific, academic, and industry conferences, as well as published in peer reviewed scientific and professional industry journals, in order to validate + disseminate the research to the broader scientific, public and design communities.
We collaborate with experts and academics in a wide range of research domains, including building + systems engineering, psychology, ecology, landscape architecture, urban planning, as well as other architects specializing in a diverse range of research areas.
We are always interested in fostering new research collaborations + learning from new perspectives, please contact us if you have a project or topic for which you would like to develop a collaboration
Sample Applied Research Projects
_Urban Mountain _ Oslo, Norway First Place_'Nordic Built Challenge' Design Competition
Ecological 25 Story Office Building Renovation_BREEAM OUTSTANDING
_'Green Lung' Concept + Performance Development : Symbiosis _Client : Schmidt Hammer Lassen_Transsolar Energietechniek Gmbh_Cradle to Cradle Denmark_etc.
The 'Urban Mountain' design team wanted to incorporate a 'Green Lung' plant air filtration system. Symbiosis developed an innovative spatial vegetation air
filtration system, based on existing + in-house research that was under development, that filtered interior and exterior air, as well as provided spatial natural
environments that improve occupant work performane and well-being, while reducing the energy demand of the building + improving the ecological integrity
of the local ecosystem. Click here for more information about the project.
_Priva Headquarters _ De Lier, The Netherlands
_Thermal Comfort : The effect of working in a microforest on occupant's thermal comfort was evaluated through a one year quasi-experiment
_Worker Performance : The performance of a range of typical + innovative workspace typologies + spatial qualities for the employees of Priva, in regards to
conducting a range of worktasks, were evaluated
This research project resulted in the identification of a number of innovative ways to improve the performance + comfort of office employees through the design of
office buildings, as well as identified high performing worskpace typologies, including a number of previously unconsidered workspace typologies + spatial qualities.
Moreover, typical existing workspace typologies for a range of creative and non-creative worktasks were found to be poor performing, thus suggesting innovative
workspace typologies + spatial qualities are necessary to maximize employee performance + well being.
For further applied research examples, please review the Projects webpage
_Lumen Academic Research Building _ Wageningen, The Netherlands
RESEARCH METHOD : Extisting Interior Spatial Vegetated Environment Building + Worker Performance Post Occupancy Evaluation
The effect of an interior spatial vegetated environment on building and worker performance was evaluated through a post occupancy evaluation process of an existing
interior natural environment. This process helped identify how the design + performance of interior natural environments can be improved in the future, as well as their
value to both building owners and occupants.
Images courtesy of Schmidt Hammer Lassen