The city needs ecology to exist, a healthy economy to work, and inspired people to thrive. We strive for a new generation of built environment, where these elements work in harmony, and help to strengthen each other.

Except has worked in the field of sustainable architecture and planning since 1999. Our architecture portfolio spans from private homes and museums to mixed-use commercial real estate. Planning projects include neighborhoods, city districts, and regions. Our multi-disciplinary structure allows environmental scientists to work side by side with designers and planners as well as stakeholders in cocreation.

Nature as a driver, systems thinking as a strategy

We use nature as a positive and powerful driver for innovative real estate design, using a whole systems approach. Ecosystem services are used to support smart business models, as well as healthy and inspiring environments for people. Using the Symbiosis in Development (SiD) sustainability framework, we find smart and resilient solutions that are prepared for the future.

In the process of design, we organize and align parties throughout the construction chain using stakeholder involvement, Building Information Modeling (BIM), Life Cycle Assessment (LCA), and energy and thermal analysis. If desired, we can guide the process towards international eco-standards including BREEAM and LEED. We aim to go beyond these standards in all our projects, while making sure they realize long term cultural and economic value.

Architectural services

  • Residential architecture
  • Adaptive building redevelopment
  • Mixed use buildings (offices/retail/residential/cultural...)
  • Educational, Cultural functions and museums
  • Industrial facilities
  • Circular architecture and design

Urban planning services

Urban design orchestrates the city, weaves space, function, nature, and society in an intricate tapestry. We work on cities that are self-supporting, resilient, and sustainable in the long-term, answering local and national governments’ questions on how to proceed towards sustainable urban development.

  • Sustainable urban development & design
  • Eco-cities & urban ecology
  • Urban agriculture
  • Adaptive urban redevelopment
  • Urban metabolism & circular planning

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