ECOLOGICAL ARCHITECTURE is design that emphasizes natural materials and the use of renewable resources that come from the earth in such a way that they can be returned to the earth without causing harm.
OUR DESIGN APPROACH
ECOLOGICAL ARCHITECTURE merges the interests of sustainability, environmental consciousness, green, natural, and organic approaches to evolve a design solution from these requirements and from the characteristics of the site, its neighborhood context, and the local mirco-climate and topography.
ECOLOGICAL ARCHITECTURE is naturally site-sensitive. The location of a building has a direct impact on its performance. The local ecology of the site, its gradient, orientation, and exposure provide specific conditions, while the regional climate offers a more general context for design. We incorporate aspects of passive solar and thermal mass into all of our work as a mechanism of reducing energy consumption.
SVEN ERIK ALSTROM
Sven Erik Alstrom AIA was raised in Kansas City and graduated from the University of Kansas in 1975. Mr. Alstrom is certified by the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB) and is an architect in California, Colorado, Kansas, and Missouri. After moving to Denver in 1981 to work on the Tabor Center project with Urban Design Group, Mr. Alstrom relocated to Aspen in 1988 and founded Alstrom Group P.C. in 1992. In September 1999 our business name was changed to ECOLOGICAL ARCHITECTURE to renew our emphasis on environmentally based design solutions.
This project is a ‘Carriage House’ at 3614 Gillham in Kansas City, Missouri. Design approved by Kansas City Landmarks Commission in May 2016. Completed May 2016. Historic main house built in 1897.
The site is bordered by the Rio Grande Trail, Roaring Fork River, the Aspen Center for Environmental Studies and the Hallam Lake nature preserve. The master suite and major living areas are on the second floor for privacy and to obtain better views
JASON A. NICHOLS, P.E.
I am writing to recommend Sven Alstrom AIA for your firm. As a structural and forensic engineer and Principal/Partner at a Kansas City engineering firm, I have worked with Sven on a numberof projects since 2006. In that time, I have gained a tremendous comfort level with Sven and his practical approach to architectural design. He has a firm grasp of fundamental engineering concepts, such that it is always a significant consideration in any of his designs...
...Mr. Alstrom was wonderful to work with and his attetion to detail was greatly appreciated by our firm and our clients. Although Mr. Alstrom has moved from Aspen, we would certainly be pleased to work with him again should he return or have a future project in our town.